TALLAHASSEE, FLORIDA — On Thursday, at a press conference on the administration’s work to cut prescription drug costs for Floridians, Governor DeSantis revealed that he is working on making COVID non-discrimination measures permanent law.
Provisions that have blocked local governments and private businesses from enforcing various COVID measures, like vaccination and masking, are contained in Florida House Bill 1B (2021), which will expire on June 1 this year through a sunset clause.
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But now, the administration is working to sign protection from COVID discrimination into permanent law.
“We’re going to make this permanent. You should never be discriminated against based on your mRNA status. At all, in any way… It shouldn’t even be an issue,” Governor DeSantis said.
The governor also indicated that the legislation may include a ban on private businesses to require masks inside premises or to use services.
“I just think it’s a civil right to be able to breathe the fresh air and be able to live your life. So, we’re going to be working on a lot of this. I think it’ll be a really good package,” DeSantis said.
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The governor sharply criticized colleges and universities in other parts of the nation that are forcing students to take mRNA booster shots. DeSantis referred to the work of Surgeon General Ladapo and doctors participating in the governor’s roundtable working group on vaccine safety – pointing out the risk of myocarditis and other severe adverse effects.
As noted by the surgeon general, more studies are coming out that confirm his prior warnings related to the mRNA shots.
“Bravo to these Harvard-affiliated researchers for finding that spike protein persists in the blood of young people who develop myocarditis after receiving mRNA COVID-19 vaccines, which may explain the mechanism of injury,” Dr. Ladapo wrote on Twitter, referring to a study published on January 4 entitled “Circulating Spike Protein Detected in Post–COVID-19 mRNA Vaccine Myocarditis.”
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A Twitter user commenting on the governor’s statement on permanently banning pandemic measures such as masking, wrote: “STRIKE THIS AND WE KNOW IT’S NOT POLITICAL THEATER” – including a screenshot which refers to Florida Statute 381.00315 (1)(4)(b).
This statute was included in Senate Bill 2006 from 2021 and reads: “If the individual poses a danger to the public health, the State Health Officer may subject the individual to isolation or quarantine. If there is no practical method to isolate or quarantine the individual, the State Health Officer may use any means necessary to vaccinate or treat the individual.”
However, in the 2022 version of the law, which is currently in effect, the word “vaccinate” is not present. Instead, the above statute reads: “If the individual poses a danger to the public health, the State Health Officer may subject the individual to isolation or quarantine. If there is no practical method to isolate or quarantine the individual, the State Health Officer may use any means necessary to treat the individual.”