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Florida Bans Vaccine Passports by Executive Order: 'Reduces Individual Freedom'

Newsweek logo Newsweek 4/2/2021 Katherine Fung
Ron DeSantis holding a sign: Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis speaks at a new conference on the surge in coronavirus cases in the state held at the Jackson Memorial Hospital on July 13, 2020 in Miami, Florida. DeSantis issued an executive order on Friday banning vaccine passports in the state. © Joe Raedle/Getty Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis speaks at a new conference on the surge in coronavirus cases in the state held at the Jackson Memorial Hospital on July 13, 2020 in Miami, Florida. DeSantis issued an executive order on Friday banning vaccine passports in the state.

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis issued an executive order on Friday banning vaccine passports.

"So-called COVID-19 vaccine passports reduce individual freedom and will harm patient privacy," DeSantis declared, pointing out that vaccines are not required by any law and that vaccination records are private health information.

The governor said that Florida is "leading the effort to distribute the vaccine to elderly and vulnerable populations" but that many residents have not yet had the opportunity to get the shot or may have some health or religious region that would prevent them from getting vaccinated.

"Florida seeks to ensure that every Floridian who desires a COVID-19 vaccine can obtain one, but such vaccines will not be mandated," the order reads.

This is a developing story and will be updated as more information becomes available.

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