Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has long spoken out against COVID restrictions - but his latest move might be his most controversial yet...
DeSantis has already been very vocal about COVID passports...
And now he's spoken out against punitive measures for those breaking the rules.
Now, we've all been affected in some way by COVID-19...
And we've sadly seen more than 2.5 million people worldwide lose their lives to this deadly virus.
But it's true when they say...
All bad things will eventually come to an end... right? Well, we're hoping so.
In November 2020, the first COVID-19 vaccine was approved...
And, after months of world-wide lockdowns and quarantines, this news was music to everyone's ears.
The vaccine's developers - Pfizer and BioNTech - described the milestone as a "great day for science and humanity."
And, in December, the companies announced that they would be supplying the U.S with one-hundred million additional doses.
In order to combat the few vaccine skeptics, various celebrities and public figures had their jabs administered on live TV.
Former vice-president, Mike Pence, was the unlikely figure to lead the trend, with him being one of the first to receive the vaccine during a live White House broadcast.
And then our newly elected president, Joe Biden, quickly followed suit.
Folks, I just received the second dose of my COVID-19 vaccine — and just like the first dose, it was safe, quick, a… https://t.co/T6MiwE0M50— Joe Biden (@Joe Biden)1610405141.0
After receiving the second dose of the vaccine, he tweeted:
"Folks, I just received the second dose of my COVID-19 vaccine - and just like the first dose, it was safe, quick, and painless. I urge everyone to get vaccinated once it's your turn. Because only together can we save lives and beat this virus."
For many, the success of the vaccine has signaled an end to the dark days of the pandemic...
But for a scarily huge amount of others, the positive attitude isn't shared.
The internet has been rife with extreme conspiracies about the vaccine and its safety...
Whoever believes that vaccines are biological weapons should not get a COVID vaccine. Vaccine hesitancy is fine, we… https://t.co/IsInzqAkQs— JR Santiago (@JR Santiago)1613614574.0
Which, of course, has put a lot of people off from being vaccinated.
So many people sadly believe everything they read on the internet...
Instagram has shut down Robert F. Kennedy’s Jr.s account, claiming he was spreading debunked conspiracy theories ab… https://t.co/MjCOAt5Wxd— Good Morning America (@Good Morning America)1613050242.0
Instead of listening to the medical experts who have been guiding us through this pandemic since day 1.
It's of the utmost importance to ignore these ridiculous rumors...
Because at the end of the day, the people who created these vaccines are professionals and they wouldn't allow something to be administered worldwide if it was dangerous.
However, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has taken huge issue with the idea of a vaccine passport.
DeSantis said at a news conference that he would introduce "an executive function" to prevent businesses from refusing customers.
His outrage came after the Biden administration's plans to work with private companies and federal agencies...
To only allow those vaccinated from COVID-19 to gain access to businesses, offices, and restaurants.
"We are not supporting doing any vaccine passports in the state of Florida," he said.
"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.
"You want to go to a movie theater. Should you have to show that? No. You want to go to a game, should you have to show that? No. You want to go to a theme park? No. We're not supportive of that."
DeSantis made the comments at the Florida State Capitol, where he signed a bill designed to shield businesses and schools from lawsuits related to the pandemic, The Hill reported.
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis says he’ll be taking executive action against vaccine passports: “You want the fox to gu… https://t.co/kOJFUHKxXF— Daily Caller (@Daily Caller)1617044942.0
And now DeSantis has spoken out against another aspect of COVID protocol...
He's promised to pardon anyone charged with breaking the COVID rules.
"It's a total overreach," he said.
"These things with health should be advisory, they should not be punitive."
He then officially pardoned 2 gym owners live on air.
"I'm glad you have Mike and Jillian on, and I'm also glad to be on to be able to say that effective tomorrow morning, I'm going to sign a reprieve under my constitutional authority."
"So that will delay the case for 60 days against both of them, and then when our clemency board meets in the coming weeks, we'll issue pardons not only for Mike and Jillian, but for any Floridian that may have outstanding infractions for things like masks and social distancing."
"The fact is, it's not even right to be wearing masks when you're exercising."
"The World Health Organization advises against it! It's not healthy to be doing that in the first place, so it was a bad restriction."
"I think they've been treated poorly, but fortunately they've got a governor that cares."
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