When it comes to medical freedom, no one does it quite like Florida these days.
Sunshine State Governor Ron DeSantis has been pushing back against the federal government’s COVID-19 vaccine requirements for months now, attacking the Biden administration’s overreach in just about every way that he possibly could.
Now, as OSHA remains in limbo over just how to enforce these arbitrary, unratified-by-Congress requirements, the Florida state legislature is taking action.
A bill to limit vaccine mandates for public and private employers in Florida is headed to Gov. Ron DeSantis’s (R) desk after Republicans in the state Senate approved the measure during a special session on Wednesday.
Senate Bill 1 seeks to ban private-sector employers from requiring their employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19 unless they allow at least five specific exemptions to the mandate, including for medical and religious reasons and immunity from a prior COVID-19 infection.
And that’s not all:
Additionally, the bill would allow employees to opt out of vaccine mandates if they agree to be tested regularly, which the worker would not be financially liable for, and if they agree to use employer-provided personal protective equipment.
The bill would also forbid employers in the government and public education sector from mandating COVID-19 vaccines.
The move comes just days after DeSantis outlined a plan to utilize federal COVID funds to pay the fines of Florida businesses who are targeted by the Biden administration’s mandate.