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COVID-19: Citing 'Huge Privacy Implications,' Florida Bans 'Vaccine Passports'

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is bullish on "vaccine passports."
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is bullish on "vaccine passports." Photo Credit:

With more Americans receiving the COVID-19 vaccine and hoping to get back into a sense of normalcy, the idea of using “vaccine passports” to prove a person has been vaccinated for the virus has been picking up steam in many states.

Florida is not one of those states, as Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis outright rejected the idea of them being used to restrict admissions to sites or events, while also citing “huge privacy implications.”

On Friday, April 2, DeSantis signed an executive order that bans the "vaccine passports."

Specifically, it prohibits government offices from issuing any "standardized documentation" certifying that an individual has been immunized against COVID-19."

“It's completely unacceptable for either the government or the private sector to impose upon you the requirement that you show proof of vaccine to just simply be able to participate in normal society,” DeSantis said about using the vaccine passport to gain access to movie theaters, stadiums, or other gathering spaces.

When it came to privacy concerns over large corporations’ handling of vaccine data, DeSantis had a tongue-in-cheek response, questioning, “you want the fox to guard the henhouse? Give me a break.

"I think this is something that has huge privacy implications. It is not necessary to do.”

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