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Florida governor issues ban on ‘vaccine passports’

TALLAHASI, Fl. (AP) – Florida Gov. Ron Desantis on Friday issued an executive order banning businesses from requiring customers to prove they were vaccinated against COVID-19 in order to receive services.

The Republican governor had previously announced his intention to issue an order banning so-called “vaccine passports.” His action also prohibits any Florida government agency from providing such documentation for vaccine proof.

In its executive order, DeSantis states that “vaccination passports reduce individual liberty and violate patient privacy.”

Upon entry into force, Florida businesses are prohibited from requiring sponsors to submit COVID-19 vaccine documentation to enter or service a business.

But the order does not preclude such measures as restaurants, retail stores, business inspection records, and other measures offered by state և federal health officials.

More than 2 million Florida residents have been infected with the virus this week, with nearly 33,500 people dying.

The governor’s order canceled a private university program near Fort Lauderdale that required students and staff to be vaccinated for COVID-19 when they returned in the fall semester. Nova-Southwest University announced earlier on Friday that vaccinations would be mandatory until August 1.

President of Nova George Vorj L. Hannibal II said in a statement hours later that the school planned to conduct universal vaccinations “to protect the health and safety of our students and staff”, but that this would be in line with DeSantis’ mandate.

“We will continue to follow all of the state’s federal laws as they develop,” Hanbury said.

The University has 6,314 undergraduate students և 14,574 advanced students at its main Davi University և Fort Myers, Acks Exxonville, Miami, Miramar, Orlando, Palm Beach Gardens, Tampa և Puerto Rico Universities.

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