Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has criticized Biden’s federal COVID-19 vaccine mandate — raging that he was “offended” that a police officer “could lose their jobs” if they refuse to administer the injection.
DeSantis, who has been named as a potential 2024 presidential candidate, said he vows to fight the federal government in court.
“Let’s not let Biden come in and effectively take — threaten to take — the jobs of people who have worked hard throughout this pandemic,” DeSantis said at a news conference this week, according to a report from Business Insider.
“I am offended that a police officer could potentially lose his job. I just think it’s fundamentally wrong to take jobs away from people, especially given the situations we find ourselves facing with the economy,” he said.
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“I’m offended that a police officer could potentially lose his job,” Florida Governor Ron DeSantis said of pending federal vaccine mandate
DeSantis lashed out at federal COVID-19 vaccine mandates proposed by President Joe Biden, pictured, calling it a violation of Florida state law on Thursday
Under the federal government’s rule, companies with more than 100 employees must require vaccinations or have weekly tests, a ruling that will affect about 80 million American workers.
The mandate would also affect nearly 17 million health professionals, in addition to federal employees and contractors.
Currently, 65 percent of Americans have at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.
DeSantis added that the state’s lawsuits against the federal vaccine mandates will be filed in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit.
Last month, Republicans targeted Biden’s administration for the move, with even Arkansas governor Asa Hutchinson — who has promoted the vaccine in his own state — claiming Biden’s decision to introduce a nationwide mandate would not help increase vaccination coverage.
“I support companies that can demand vaccination, but it is their own independent choice for their workplace,” he said last month.
DeSantis added that state lawsuits against federal vaccine mandates will be filed in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
Pictured: Coronavirus in the US, totaling 44,918,127 cases and 724,166 deaths
Number of new US COVID-19 infections per day, peaking in daily cases in late August and early September
But getting a federal mandate will be counterproductive. It will increase the resistance. We’re going to grow our vaccinations, whether you have them or not.’
Meanwhile, DeSantis has been battling with school districts across the state that have implemented or attempted to implement mask mandates while rejecting the idea of vaccine passports.
The Republican governor recently appointed Dr. Joseph Lapado appointed as Florida’s new surgeon general, who himself is vocally opposed to mask mandates, adding that COVID-19 vaccines are “nothing special.”
dr. Lapado also promoted the use of hydroxychloroquine to fight the virus, which the World Health Organization said last year was not an effective method of preventing or treating the coronavirus.
Pictured: Percentage of the U.S. population vaccinated to date, with 65 percent of Americans receiving at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine
Daily COVID-19 vaccinations in the US show a marked decline in recent months
In an Oct. 6 violation notice, the Florida Department of Health imposed a $3.57 million fine in Leon County in Tallahassee after the jurisdiction ordered hundreds of workers in the county to be vaccinated.
14 county employees were fired for choosing not to receive the vaccine, while local officials sought to defend the mandate in court, the Tallahassee Democrat reports.
Florida has seen a surge in COVID-19 infections since last summer, due in part to the more contagious Delta strain.
More than 57,000 people have died statewide since the pandemic began in March 2020, according to data collected by John Hopkins University.
A study conducted by a French government-backed scientific organization Epi-Phare, involving nearly 23 million people, found vaccines cut the risk of contracting a more serious case of the coronavirus in individuals 50 and older by nearly 90 percent. decreased.