Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has been one of the country’s leading proponents of vaccine choice and opposing Covid-19 lockdowns as well as other overly restrictive measures to respond to the pandemic.

This week, the Governor proposed legislation that would permanently ban discriminatory measures against people who choose not to be vaccinated or wear masks, including a ban on vaccine passports, mask mandates, and any discrimination against unvaccinated people.

Florida Surgeon General Joseph Ladapo was also present at the event where DeSantis unveiled his initiative.

Ladapo has been a leading expert in calling in to question both the safety and efficacy of the Covid-19 vaccine.

Ladapo expressed the importance of allowing a multitude of expert opinions on Covid-19 and other controversial medical issues.  He also criticized measures taken to strip medical practitioners of their licenses if they prescribed alternative Covid-19 treatments to patients.

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DeSantis recently cruised to re-election by double-digit margins and the Republican Party in Florida holds strong majorities in both houses of the legislature, making his initiative likely to pass.

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PANAMA CITY BEACH (FLV) – Gov. Ron DeSantis announced he wants state lawmakers to approve permanent protections against vaccine and mask mandates in Florida.

The proposal permanently prohibits COVID-19 mask requirements throughout the state, prohibits COVID-19 vaccine and mask requirements in all schools, prohibits COVID-19 vaccine passports in Florida, and bans employers from hiring or firing based on COVID-19 vaccine status.

“They can’t discriminate against you when it comes to hiring or firing when it comes to private or government employment,” DeSantis said. “No requirements of masking in lieu of vax.”

Additional changes to the current law includes aiming to protect medical professionals’ freedom of speech. The governor wants physicians to have the freedom to speak their opinions against the narrative of the medical community.

“We want to protect people’s ability to follow the evidence,” DeSantis said. “To follow evidence over the narrative.”

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