Gov. DeSantis confident courts will rule against CDC in vaccine passport squabble
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The Governor thinks Florida would win appeals.

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis continues to predict that federal courts will side with Florida in its ongoing vaccine passport flap with the federal government.

Florida is currently in litigation with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the federal government over the right to allow cruises without proof of vaccination.

“We just had a hearing last week. Very positive response we thought. From the court. We think we’ll get a favorable ruling there. We definitely think we would win on appeal as well.”

“Once we’re past the CDC’s intransigence,” DeSantis added, “then they’re going to be free to sail in Florida. Of course, they’re going to have to follow Florida law. But they’re going to be able to do it without requiring vaccine passports.”

DeSantis added that the CDC doesn’t “recognize immunity conferred through infection.”

“There have been tens of millions of people who have immunity through that way. Why would you say they can’t participate in society? Why do we want people to be divulging all this health information,” DeSantis added.

The Governor made the comments on “Sunday Morning Futures” on the Fox News Channel. Judge Steven Merryday, presiding over the case, promises a decision “soon.”

Cruise ships and the right to resume operation without vaccine passports have been just one front in the ongoing war between DeSantis’ Tallahassee and Joe Biden‘s Washington, D.C.

Upon filing the suit earlier in the spring, DeSantis cited the “tens of thousands of Floridians who depend on the viability of the cruise industry for their livelihood” as requiring the state’s protection.

“It is time for us to vindicate the rights of the states in court,” DeSantis added.

Attorney General Ashley Moody, who filed the action on behalf of the state, was no less passionate.

“We are not going to sit back while an administrative agency decides to shut down an entire industry,” Moody contended.

A.G. Gancarski

A.G. Gancarski has written for since 2014. He is based in Northeast Florida. He can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter: @AGGancarski


  • Phil Morton

    June 14, 2021 at 4:01 am

    Hey Ron, are you really sure? “Federal judge in Texas rules employers CAN require employees to be vaccinated as a condition of keeping their jobs.”

  • Maggy Mulberry

    June 14, 2021 at 11:17 pm

    As a cruise ship client, I will not be a passenger unless I have assurances that the crew and passengers have been vaccinated. Governor DeSantis you are wrong on this one

  • ross

    June 15, 2021 at 8:01 am

    I don’t hear Ron offering to pay the taxpayers back for legal fees if the CDC wins. What a blow hard blabbering fool wanta be Prez, our Trump loving Ron is. I wish he would go party with his buddy Matt and shut his yap.

  • PeterH

    June 15, 2021 at 11:14 am

    DeSantis fight is not with the cruising industry ….. it’s with the federal government. The cruise industry has made it clear that they want to verify COVID-19 vaccination before customers board. You would think that before taking up this rather stupid taxpayer funded agenda DeSantis would have got the cruise industry on board. In all …. by the time this litigation works it’s way through the courts the CDC will have lifted the restrictions …. and DeSantis’s hissy fit will be for naught! I’m done voting for Republicans….. after their attempted coup on January 6th ….. Republicans can no longer be trusted.

  • Brian Arnold

    June 17, 2021 at 12:38 am

    I recovered from covid-19 and have been tested. I have the lifelong immunity in my bone marrow. I should not be forced to get a vaccine I don’t need. The at risk in Florida have been vaccinated at 94%. Open up cruising and don’t force vaccines or vaccine passports.

    • David H Hirt

      June 17, 2021 at 8:06 pm


    • Simon

      June 18, 2021 at 5:08 pm

      You just sprouted a non-fact. How are we supposed to believe you?

    • Pamela Rubelmann

      June 19, 2021 at 4:46 pm

      Please tell me where you read or heard that you are forever IMMUNE from catching Covid 19 just because you already had the virus.

  • PeterH

    June 17, 2021 at 10:43 am

    Fun Fact:

    100% nonsense and fake news! No reliable doctor has told you that a past Covid-19 infection gives you life long immunity. Get vaccinated and keep the loved ones around you safe.

  • Richard A Walsh

    June 18, 2021 at 4:40 pm

    The problem with this virus, is that if you are going to get sick you are going to get sick, vaccine or no vaccine. As for the cruise ships, if you received the vaccine, and the vaccine is a miracle drug, then why are you worried if a passenger did not receive the vaccine? Why, because the federal government blew smoke up your butt. A vaccine is suppose to prevent someone from getting sick.
    Let me ask a question, there is no cure for the hiv/aids virus only something which contains the spread and the scientist have been involved with hiv/aids for over 50 years but in about 6 months there is a vaccine for Covid which is NOT approved by the FDA. Think people, crew members that received the vaccine have tested positive, so what does that tell you.

    • Simon

      June 18, 2021 at 5:06 pm

      A long time ago there was a disease called Polio. After creating a vaccine for it, Polio has disappeared. Tell us that’s not true!

  • Brenda

    June 19, 2021 at 7:34 am

    How is it fair to allow children onboard unvaccinated but then not allow adults that can not get the vaccine onboard? If im forced to get a vaccine to sail, then i want everyone onboard to have the vaccine, including children, an if they can’t get the vaccine yet, then the parents will just have to wait to bring their children , when they can get the vaccine, children can wait just like adults that medically cant get the vaccine, take them to disney instead, they will have more fun there, having unvaccinated children onboard will cause lots of arguments, because if everyone else is forced to have a vaccine to be there , then they won’t want someones child to get next to them, knowing the child has not had a vaccine, already saw it in stores, my baby sister looks younger than her age, she has had her vaccine but some douche in the store thought she wasn’t old enough to already have the vaccine, so he starts his karen routine an yells hunny dont get next to me, an causes a big scene, by the way she wasn’t even near him, what is going to happen onboard when someone jumps on your child for getting to close to them? An no im not saying i cant medically get the vaccine, im saying there are some people that can’t, im saying if i want to cruise im forced to get the vaccine, an if i get the vaccine, i want every single person on the ship to be vaccinated also, even children, it wont be long before younger children can get the vaccine, they can wait

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