Florida’s Republican governor Ron DeSantis announced a proposal to permanently ban Covid mandates in the state.
U press release released earlier this week, DeSantis said he proposed the legislation to “make Covid freedoms permanent in Florida,” adding that “strong pro-freedom and anti-mandate actions will forever protect Floridians from job losses due to Covid vaccine mandates. protects the rights of parents and establishes additional protections that prevent discrimination based on Covid vaccine status.”
A proposal includes a permanent statewide ban on mask requirements, banning vaccine and mask requirements in schools, banning statewide Covid passports and prohibiting employers from hiring or firing based on Covid vaccines, all in an attempt to protect Floridians from a “biomedical security state”.
The proposal also claims to protect “medical free speech,” promising to protect the freedom of speech of medical professionals, the right to disagree with the “prevailing narrative of the medical community,” and the religious views of medical professionals.
“When the world lost its mind, Florida has been a haven for the mind, serving as a strong pillar of liberty,” DeSantis said in announcing his proposal. “These measures will ensure that Florida remains so and provide landmark free speech protections for medical practitioners.”
The recent offer follows DeSantis’ re-offer critics Covid mandates. In 2021, DeSantis signed a series of measures designed to protect Florida residents from pandemic mandates imposed by local governments, which he is called “unscientific, unnecessary directives.”
Florida Surgeon General Joseph Ladapo supported DeSantis’ proposal, saying, “As a medical researcher and physician, I have personally witnessed accomplished scientists being threatened because of their unconventional positions.”
“However, many of these positions have turned out to be correct, as we have all seen over the past few years. All health professionals should be encouraged to participate in scientific discourse without fear for their livelihoods or their careers,” he added.
Ladapo last year announced that Florida will officially recommend no covid vaccinations for healthy children.
“We’re kind of bottoming out, especially with healthy kids, in terms of actually being able to quantify with any precision and certainty the uniform potential for benefit,” he said.
The ad contradicted itself guiding principles laid out by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Food and Drug Administration.
Last December, DeSantis petitioned the Florida Supreme Court to get it grand jury to investigate whether Floridians were misled by the manufacturers of the Covid vaccine about the possible side effects of the shots.
Court granted DeSantis’ motion and the grand jury will meet for a year before making a decision.