Florida Governor Ron DeSantis criticized Biden’s federal COVID-19 vaccine mandate – and said he was “offended” that a police officer “could lose his job” if he refused to be vaccinated.
DeSantis, who was named a potential 2024 presidential candidate, said he pledged to fight the federal government in court.
“Let’s not let Biden effectively in and out – threatening to take down – the jobs of people who have worked hard throughout this pandemic,” DeSantis said at a press conference this week, according to a Business report. Insider.
“I am offended that a police officer could potentially lose his job. I just think it is fundamentally wrong to cut jobs, especially given the situations we see ourselves facing with the economy, ”he said.
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“I am offended that a police officer could potentially lose their job,” Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis said of ongoing federal vaccine mandate
DeSantis lashed out at the federal COVID-19 vaccine mandates proposed by President Joe Biden, pictured, while calling them Thursday a violation of Florida state law
According to the federal government rule, companies with more than 100 employees must require vaccinations or perform weekly tests, a decision that will affect about 80 million American workers.
The mandate would also affect nearly 17 million healthcare workers, alongside federal employees and contractors.
Currently, 65% of Americans have at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.
DeSantis added that the state’s lawsuits against the federal vaccine warrants will be filed in the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit.
Republicans targeted the Biden administration for the move last month, with even Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson – who has promoted the vaccine in his own state – claiming Biden’s decision to pass a term in office. Nationwide would not be helpful in increasing immunization rates.
“I argue that companies can demand vaccination, but it is their own independent choice for their workplace,” he said last month.
DeSantis added that state lawsuits against federal vaccine warrants will be filed in the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
Pictured: Coronavirus in the United States, showing a total of 44,918,127 cases and 724,166 deaths
Number of new COVID-19 infections in the United States per day, showing a peak in daily cases in late August and early September
“But having the federal mandate will be counterproductive. This will increase the resistance. We will increase our vaccines whether you have this or not.
Meanwhile, DeSantis has battled with school districts across the state that have implemented or attempted to implement mask warrants, while rejecting the idea of vaccine passports.
The Republican governor recently appointed Dr. Joseph Lapado as Florida’s new surgeon general, who himself verbally opposed the mask warrants while adding that the COVID-19 vaccines were “nothing special.”
Dr Lapado has also promoted the use of hydroxychloroquine to fight the virus, which the World Health Organization said last year was not an effective method of preventing or treating the coronavirus.
Pictured: Percentage of the U.S. population vaccinated so far, 65% of Americans having at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine
Daily COVID-19 vaccinations in the United States show marked drop in recent months
In an October 6 violation notice, the Florida Department of Health fined Leon County of Tallahassee $ 3.57 million after the court ordered hundreds of county workers to be vaccinated .
14 workers employed by the county have been sacked for choosing not to receive the vaccine as local officials seek to defend the mandate in court, reports the Tallahassee Democrat.
Florida has seen an increase in COVID-19 infections since last summer, in part because of the more infectious Delta variant.
More than 57,000 people have died statewide since the pandemic began in March 2020, according to data compiled by John Hopkins University.
A study by a French government-backed scientific organization Epi-Phare, including nearly 23 million people, found that vaccines reduced the risk of getting a more severe case of coronavirus by almost 90% in people over 50. years and older.