Florida Governor Ron DeSantis He promised on Thursday he would go to court to fight any vaccine orders from the federal government.
The Republican governor said the state would not accept the legitimacy of President Biden’s Occupational Health and Safety Administration’s proposal to require employees of businesses with more than 100 employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19.
“We’re going to appeal that right away. We think the state of Florida is ready to do that,” he said. DeSantis said. “We also know the businesses we’re going to work with to compete.”
Mr. DeSantis said he He was particularly angered by the assignments on public safety workers, many of whom were forced to stay on the job during the first months of the vaccine-free pandemic. Now they can be fired for taking the risks that they are then heroes.
“Let’s not let Biden come and effectively take away – threaten to take away – the jobs of people who have worked hard through this entire pandemic,” he said. DeSantissaid At a press conference in Fort Myers.
“I am disturbed that a police officer could potentially lose his job,” the governor said.
he “I think it’s fundamentally wrong to take people’s jobs away, especially given the situations we’ve seen facing the economy.”
Mr. DeSantis He’s not the first Republican governor to pledge to fight the feds on this issue. Texas Governor Greg Abbott banned vaccine requirements in his state earlier this week.
The Florida CEO has emerged as one of the leading resisters to COVID-related regulations, including mask orders, school closures and mandatory quarantines.
It prevented many of Florida’s school districts and local governments from issuing mask and vaccination guidelines, including forcing the city of Gainesville to reinstate vaccination duty and stating that some of the city’s police officers were about to be fired.
“They weren’t given the ability to work from home, they didn’t come to Zoom in to protect us, and they didn’t do some sort of job at Zoom to protect the public, you have to be there,” he said. “They were there the entire time.”