Florida Governor Ron DeSantis on Thursday vowed to go to court to fight any federal vaccine mandate.
The Republican governor said the state would not accept the legitimacy of President Biden’s proposal for the Occupational Safety and Health Administration to require companies with more than 100 employees to require their employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19.
“We will challenge this immediately. We believe the State of Florida has the capacity to do this, ”said Mr. DeSantis. “We also know of companies we will be working with to challenge it. “
Mr DeSantis said he was particularly irritated by the warrants on public safety workers, many of whom were forced to stay at work in the early months of the pandemic when there was no vaccine. Now they can be fired for taking risks that they were then heroes to take.
“Let’s not let Biden come in and effectively cut – threaten to cut – the jobs of the people who have worked hard throughout this pandemic,” DeSantis said at a press conference in Fort Myers.
“I am offended that a police officer could potentially lose his job,” said the governor.
He added: “I just think it is fundamentally wrong to cut people’s jobs, especially given the situations we see ourselves facing with the economy.”
Mr. DeSantis is not the first Republican governor to swear to fight the federal government on this issue. Texas Governor Greg Abbott earlier this week banned vaccine requirements in his state.
The Florida CEO has emerged as one of the top resists of COVID-related regulations, also including mask warrants, school closures and forced lockdowns.
He blocked many school districts and local governments in Florida from issuing mask and vaccine warrants, including forcing the city of Gainesville to withdraw its vaccine warrant and noting that some of the city’s police officers were on the verge of ‘be made redundant.
“They didn’t have the ability to work from home, they didn’t have access to Zoom to protect us and sort of worked to protect the public on Zoom, you have to be there,” he said. -he declares. “They were there all the time. “