(USA Features) Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis threatened to fine state agencies thousands of dollars if they required employees to take a COVID-19 vaccine as a condition for employment.
In making his announcement, he said that ignoring people who have had the virus and have natural immunity suggests that the mandates are about politics and control, not health.
“We are not going to let people be fired because of a vaccine mandate,” DeSantis told supporters during an event in Gainesville on Monday, surrounded by state government workers who have been threatened with termination for not being vaccinated.
If a government agency in the state of Florida forces a vaccine as a condition of employment, that violates Florida law and you will face a $5,000 fine for every single violation,” DeSantis said.
DESANTIS: "If a government agency in the state of Florida forces a vaccine as a condition of employment, that violates Florida law and you will face a $5,000 fine for every single violation." pic.twitter.com/hnBCplDMKO
— Daily Caller (@DailyCaller) September 13, 2021
The Republican governor added that his state has worked hard to make the vaccines “available for all but mandatory for none.”
He went on to say that he believes it is “fundamentally wrong” to dismiss first responders and other frontline workers who has been recently hailed as heroes for serving during the outbreak of the pandemic when there were no vaccines available yet.
Speaking after a firefighter who recovered from the virus, the governor noted that vaccine mandates make no consideration for natural immunity conferred by the infection.
“This is not about science,” he said.
“I don’t support mandates at all, but if you’re doing mandates based on this, if you’re really following science, you’d acknowledge this natural immunity. And instead, they ignore it,” he said.
DeSantis’ comments come after President Joe Biden announced last week that his administration will require businesses with 100 or more employees to mandate staff be vaccinated or subjected to weekly testing.
He said most federal workers will also be required to get a jab, though reports state that Postal Service workers, members of Congress, and their staffs will be exempt.