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UPDATE: Florida Governor to Take Executive Action Banning Requirement of “Vaccine Passports”

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has spoken out against the “vaccine passports” currently under consideration by the Biden administration. The “passports” or credentials are meant to easily prove whether or not someone has been vaccinated, to allow them access to places that require proof.

DeSantis does not support the “vaccine passports”, stating Florida’s approach to the vaccine is to “provide it for all, mandate for none,” although the passport would not be a mandate, only a digital or physical record of vaccination. According to The Washington Post article we cited earlier, the Biden administration is in fact actively working to ensure the passport does not act as a mandate.

DeSantis said it is “completely unacceptable” for the government or a private sector to implement a “vaccine passport” for movies, sporting events, and theme parks. He said he will be taking an emergency, executive action later this week to effectively ban “vaccine passports” in the state.

Currently, vaccinated guests visiting Walt Disney World and Universal Orlando Resort are still required to follow physical distancing rules and wear a mask. Floridians over the age of 40 are currently eligible for the vaccine and those over the age of 18 will be eligible April 5, 2021.

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harry
harry
3 months ago

this is why we love desantis

DesantisDeLoser
DesantisDeLoser
3 months ago
Reply to  harry

Why? Because he doesn’t believe in science? Because he imposed ridiculous quarantine rules on the tri-state area, but refused to take a common sense approach to masks?

Anon
Anon
3 months ago

Florida-man hates science.

Timmy
Timmy
3 months ago

If you’re vaccinated why would you still have to wear a mask and socially distance? (Science)

ScienceLover
ScienceLover
3 months ago

Pretty poor argument if you look at the statistics. Math ya know.

Johnny Johnson
Johnny Johnson
3 months ago
Reply to  harry

If President Biden would have been against vaccine passports then DeathSantis would have been all for it! The decisiveness among Political Parties is killing America! It’s not always about who’s idea it was or what Party came up with it..if it’s good for MOST of Americans then it’s good for America! The “Politicizing” of everything has to end!

Lou
Lou
3 months ago

I was hoping that when we visit Disney World in August, Disney would give some leeway on restrictions if we could show that we were vaccinated. A vaccine passport would be the perfect tool, but DeSantis’ order would seem to negate that possibility. The latest wrong move by the Governor of Florida.

Cds
Cds
3 months ago
Reply to  Lou

Nice try. And you say “latest” as if other moves he made and for which he received media bashing didn’t ultimately work out well for the state. Cute move trying to blame DeSantis for you having to wear a mask at Disney when Disney’s CEO has already indicated they would be required through the year, and Disney has never once indicated a vaccine passport or other similar stunt would result in them removing the requirement. For crying out loud, even the CDC won’t remove the requirement for those vaccinated and they’re the ones begging people to be vaccinated.

Bill
Bill
3 months ago
Reply to  Lou

Think about for just a moment Lou and you will understand why he is going to do it. Say that I haven’t gotten the vacine, for whatever reason. I enter the park with my mask on, walk a little ways until no one can see me and take it off. Now I am in the park, unvaccinated, and without a mask. How is Disney going to know? I suppose they could issue wristbands similar to a special event, but what a huge pain for everyone. Better to just continue the mask requirement for a while longer.

abdul
abdul
3 months ago

If the intent is to have Businesses Drop all their COVID precautions/measures by implementing admission with Vaccine Passport only policy, then I’m all for it. But my brain tells me that if i come to the parks with my vaccine passport in hand, they will still ask me to wear masks and keep 6′ social distance. They’re not dropping their COVID measures, cause its been a success, Since 7/2020 there has not been a single Covid case tied to WDW. They know it works , so they’ll keep the measures till the positivity rate all over US drops to like… Read more »

May
May
3 months ago
Reply to  abdul

I have read at least one guy who says he caught covid in WDW. He was kicked out of his hotel once Disney was told that he tested positive. That’s why they have no cases. They just don’t talk about how many cases they have.

mis
mis
3 months ago

and yet, vaccine or not, you will still be required to wear your oxygen starving mask on disney property. they say follow the science and yet they are the ones ignoring it completely.

Substituteskull
Substituteskull
3 months ago
Reply to  mis

Gosh I wonder how doctors and surgeons and all of those people in those costumes are permitted to do their work behind such oxygen starvers. The science proves masks do not lower oxygen levels or intake

Tikiroom74
Tikiroom74
3 months ago

My sister works in a surgical unit at a local hospital. They are trained on how to deal with masks. They switch them out after every procedure and interaction. They are not wearing the same mask for hours on end. They do not touch their masks except to take them off and put them on. Once per mask. Not laying them on a table or touching them 10x to adjust them at a grocery store. She gets annoyed at that argument. It’s not about the oxygen, it’s about the transfer of bacteria etc each and every time you interact with… Read more »

Jewels
Jewels
3 months ago

Actually, the science does not prove anything to the fact that wearing them helps. They in fact increase the risk due to the fact people constantly touch them which defeats the purpose. Those are Fauci’s original words before being forced to back peddle for the political narrative.

Combating Morons 24-7
Combating Morons 24-7
3 months ago
Reply to  mis

Mis, the next time you go for surgery, please be sure to tell your doctor that your okay with no surgical masks being worn because you don’t want the surgeon or nurses oxygen starved. 🙄

mis
mis
3 months ago

24/7 vs 4 hours. yes, your name is most appropriate. in a constant battle with yourself.

OxygenForAll
OxygenForAll
3 months ago
Reply to  mis

Please stop with your MISinformation. Baseless claims to gain support.

Progressive Music Lover
Progressive Music Lover
3 months ago

You undoubtedly have a high level of expertise and vast knowledge of communicable diseases. So could you please explain to me how with the mask wearing, social distancing, lock downs, excessive use of hand sanitizer, and……a vaccine that is being distributed, how is it we are to be expecting a 4th spike in Covid cases. I laugh at the irony of your moniker, you must be at war with yourself often.

Cds
Cds
3 months ago

Apples and oranges. Wearing masks to prevent spreading infection in open wounds is quite a bit different than wearing one outside or alone in your car. Science and data Combating, science and data.

MaskUp
MaskUp
3 months ago
Reply to  mis

How, exactly, is a mask starving anyone of oxygen? Millions of people wear them every day and no one has died. This notion is ridiculous.

Vote him OUT
Vote him OUT
3 months ago

No, we do NOT love #Deathsantis. He is by FAR the worst governor we have ever had. He needs to be voted out before he kills the rest of the idiots who somehow think he knows what he’s doing.

Prince Naveen
Prince Naveen
3 months ago
Reply to  Vote him OUT

You haven’t lived here in NJ/NY where our Governors put COVID patients in nursing homes. Talk about killing innocent people. Appreciate what you have, fool.

Julia
Julia
3 months ago

Coming soon to Florida: the “ Flori-duh Man” Covid variant.

May
May
3 months ago

My concern with vaccine passports is that they might provide a false sense of security. The highest vaccine protection rate is 95%. While that’s a good number that’s far better than nothing, it still leaves one out of 20 people that the vaccine doesn’t work for. In the country of 300 million, that’s 15 million people who are still unprotected. So if I get the passport and then travel, I am taking a one out 20 chance of catching covid during my trip, and the chances add up the more family members come along that at least one person will… Read more »

Last edited 3 months ago by May
Darren
Darren
3 months ago
Reply to  May

Thankfully that is not what 95% efficacy means. It doesn’t mean 5% of people just aren’t protected. It means you are 95% less likely to contract the disease compared to someone who isn’t vaccinated. This applies equally to everyone vaccinated. You currently aren’t guaranteed to get the virus if you aren’t vaccinated (only 1% of the US has tested positive) even if you are exposed. During the trials only 0.04% of people with the vaccine contracted the disease. That’s only 1 out of every 2500 people not 1 out of 20. The vaccine also protects you from severe symptoms if… Read more »

Sam
Sam
3 months ago

I seen the conservabots are alive and well in the comment section. Desantis all but ensured there will be passports by banning them. If he really believed the “provide for all mandate for none” he would have just let it be and let us the people make our own decisions. If you dont want to get a vaccine passport, thats awesome. Don’t get one. The issue is him deciding for the rest of us by banning them. All but ensures it’ll go to court and get overturned, again wasting time and money. Deathsantis strikes again

Prince Naveen
Prince Naveen
3 months ago
Reply to  Sam

Attempting to impeach Trump twice and approving a massive stimulus package baked with special interest funding most Americans don’t know/care about is the epitome of wasting time and money.

ravewulf
ravewulf
3 months ago

DeSantis is an idiot. Private businesses should be allowed to make the requirements they see fit to keep people safe without DeSantis sticking his nose in things. The federal government could overrule him of course but I have doubts about Biden’s leadership abilities (still orders of magnitude better than Trump but that’s a very low bar to meet).

Sam
Sam
3 months ago
Reply to  ravewulf

Exactly. This is just more government regulation of business. Businesses have rights. If they want to require something, then that’s up to them. If a movie theater has a movie playing on two screens, and one screen is in a “vaccine passport required” theater and you have to pay 5 bucks more for that ticket over the “open” theater, a business should have every single right to do that, its a form of “premium service”.

Joe
Joe
3 months ago

cool, screw all those cast members who haven’t been able to get the vaccine yet

Prince Naveen
Prince Naveen
3 months ago
Reply to  Joe

They will starting April 5th. Read the WDWNT articles.

Frank W
Frank W
3 months ago

“The Biden administration is in fact actively working to ensure the passport does not act as a mandate?”
Who are they kidding? If Biden creates it it will be a mandate, he can’t help himself.

Normal_Human
Normal_Human
3 months ago
Reply to  Frank W

No, no it won’t. Companies decide. This isn’t rocket science.

Jewels
Jewels
3 months ago

What mask do is force you to breath in your own Co2 and bacteria. Masks do not stop oxygen all together because they let oxygen in and out along with friggin Covid people. Masks do not stop you from sharing covid particles. Covid still gets through because cloth does not stop the spread. When did we all become so stupid. Good grief this is so beyond stupid. Fauci orginally shared this as well he also said that what it does do is create a sense of false security. He actually said not to wear masks because they don’t help.

Normal_Human
Normal_Human
3 months ago
Reply to  Jewels

No, No he didn’t say that. Ever.

OxygenForAll
OxygenForAll
3 months ago
Reply to  Jewels

This comment is ridiculous. Utterly ridiculous.

C T
C T
3 months ago
Reply to  OxygenForAll

Uh…genius #2…see above…he did and has now admitted that he lied in doing so to save PPE.

Puddycat
Puddycat
3 months ago

I am glad to see a governor with sense. He knows what is good for the people and business. Florida hasn’t had problems, and businesses were able to stay open and people working. The vaccine passport is just another invasion of a person’s privacy, who doesn’t want it. All it will do is cause a discrimination against the person, who doesn’t want the vaccine, from being able to go to the store, or being involved in any activities. It is noone’s business if someone has had the vaccine or not. If they are going to do this then; the next… Read more »

Normal_Human
Normal_Human
3 months ago
  1. It can’t be mandated by a government. It’s for companies to use as they see fit.
  2. DeSantis can’t ban it. He doesn’t have that type of power.
  3. From all the comments, Disney is going to be an even better place to go with a lot of severely awful people stating they will never go again. This is all working out so well for those of us with empathy and education :)
Prince Naveen
Prince Naveen
3 months ago
Reply to  Normal_Human

You are exactly the reason why the governor wants to ban this type of nonsense from his state. Saying that awful people like myself who believe in freedom and personal liberty should stay out of Disney is appalling.

Sam
Sam
3 months ago

So is this to say that, for example a movie theater could not require you to have proof of vaccination to go into the theater? Trying to accurately understand the statement.

Ron
Ron
3 months ago

Who are we protecting with a vaccine mandate? If one chooses to forgo vaccination and then catches COVID, then that is their problem. NOT YOUR (or government’s) PROBLEM. YOU can be vaccinated, and then you won’t catch it.

Having COVID “run rampant” among the non vulnerable and non vaccinated people will not result in mass sickness, death, disease spread, or overwhelming hospital usage. It will just result in herd immunity without after people have a mild cold!

Why require something that has a 15-30 people per million death rate for < 65 years old?

Craig Thomas
Craig Thomas
3 months ago

Masks and the CDC everyone quotes when convenient: “An overlooked study published recently by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) suggests that cloth face coverings or masks are mostly ineffective in preventing the spread of the Chinese coronavirus as promoted by public health officials. The CDC conducted the study, largely ignored by the media, in the U.S. in July and made its findings public in September. It compared 154 “case-patients,” those who tested positive for COVID-19 (coronavirus disease), and a control group of 160 “control-participants,” those who were symptomatic but tested negative. CDC researchers examined participants who reported wearing… Read more »