UPDATED 1:55 PM PT – Friday, April 30, 2021
Florida lawmakers passed a bill, which bans mandatory COVID-19 vaccinations in the state. The legislation, SB 2006, was passed Thursday and placed a permanent ban on so-called “vaccination passports.”
🚨BREAKING🚨Florida Legislature just passed SB2006 which prohibits vaccine passports by government, schools, or private businesses.
— Tim Swain (@SwainForSenate) April 28, 2021
This came shortly after Gov. Ron DeSantis (R-Fla.) argued that the passports would create “huge privacy issues.”
In FL, we respect everyone’s freedoms, & during the pandemic, we have prioritized the people’s liberties over political overreach & authoritarian mandates.
As we round the corner on this pandemic, FL will NOT force its residents or visitors to obtain a vaccine passport. https://t.co/wd9JWwDATr
— Congressman Byron Donalds (@RepDonaldsPress) April 29, 2021
The Senate’s bill sponsor added, they would hamper efforts to return to normalcy, noting people should not have to provide documentation to certify they are vaccinated just to enter a grocery store or a school.