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Gov. DeSantis vows to ban ‘vaccine passports’ in Florida

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Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis on Monday vowed to take executive action to stop the use of so-called COVID-19 “vaccine passports” in the state

“It’s completely unacceptable for either the government or the private sector to impose upon you the requirement that you show proof of vaccine to just simply be able to participate in normal society,” he said.

“You want the fox to guard the henhouse? I mean, give me a break,” the Republican governor added. “I think this is something that has huge privacy implications. It is not necessary to do.”

DeSantis said the Sunshine State will have vaccinated a total of 3.5 million seniors or about 75 percent of them sometime this week.  

“It’s important to be able to do it, but at the same time, we are not going to have you provide proof of this just to be able to live your life normally,” DeSantis said.

Florida Gov. DeSantis speaking at a press conference in Ocala, Florida on March 5, 2021.
Florida Gov. DeSantis speaking at a press conference in Ocala, Florida, on March 5, 2021.
USA Today Network/Sipa USA

He added, “And I’m going to be taking some action in an executive function and emergency function here very shortly.”

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DeSantis’ comments come after it was revealed that the Biden administration is working on creating a set of standards for more than a dozen “passports” being created so Americans can prove they’ve been vaccinated against the coronavirus.

New York is the first state in the US to formally launch such an app.

The program, dubbed the “Excelsior Pass,” is an app that allows New Yorkers to prove their vaccination status, or recent history of a negative COVID-19 test, in order to gain entry to events and businesses.

Major venues, such as Madison Square Garden and the Times Union Center in Albany, will begin using the app this week, and on April 2, Excelsior Pass will expand to “smaller arts, entertainment and event venues,” Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office has said.

Florida Gov. DeSantis speaking at a press conference in Winter Haven, Florida on March 5, 2021.
Florida Gov. DeSantis speaking at a press conference in Winter Haven, Florida, on March 5, 2021.
Photo by Ernst Peters /The Ledger/USA Today Network/Sipa USA

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