Florida bans use of “vaccine passports” citing “individual freedom”

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis banned the use of “vaccine passports” in this southeastern United States state on Friday, while the European Union advances in discussions to create this digital health certificate, almost a month after China will launch his.

The Republican Governor’s Executive Order prohibits government offices from issuing any document comparable to so-called “vaccine passports” for the purpose of certifying that an individual has been immunized against covid-19.

It also prohibits private companies in Florida from requiring their clients to provide any type of document certifying their vaccination or immunity after they have recovered from the coronavirus.

DeSantis’s order explains that “So-called vaccine passports reduce individual freedom and will harm patient privacy.”

The governor, a fervent supporter of former President Donald Trump who sounds like a possible presidential candidate, had announced Monday that his state would not force the use of these documents.

“It is completely unacceptable for the government or the private sector to impose the requirement to show proof of vaccine to simply be able to participate in society in a normal way,” DeSantis said at a press conference at the time.

“If you want to go to the theater, do you have to show that?” “No. We don’t support that.”.

His announcement came after the Washington Post reported, based on several anonymous sources, that the government of Democratic President Joe Biden is working on the development of a standardized document – a vaccine passport – that allows normal life to resume.

These types of documents are being discussed globally to show that a person has been immunized against covid-19 and, among other things, to facilitate international travel and revive tourism.

China launched a digital “health passport” for this purpose on March 9, while the European Commission proposed a week later the creation of a “Digital Green Certificate” to facilitate free movement within the European Union.

Almost six million people have already received at least one dose of a vaccine in Florida, a state of 21 million people that is economically dependent on tourism.

Starting Monday, all residents who want will be able to receive it without a prescription: from 16 years old Pfizer and from 18 years old by Moderna and Johnson & Johnson.

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