Gov. DeSantis rebukes vaccine passports: I don’t want ‘two classes of citizens’
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Ron DeSantis
'My philosophy is, as a Governor, my job is to protect your individual freedom.'

Gov. Ron DeSantis championed himself Friday as Florida’s defender against a “biomedical security state.”

Speaking to reporters in Pensacola, the Republican Governor mounted yet another offensive against vaccine passports.

Florida will soon levy a fine on businesses, schools and government agencies that require visitors to show proof of vaccination. The $5,000 fines will begin on Sept. 16.

When asked by a reporter of the rights of business owners, DeSantis portrayed vaccine passports as the foundation of a “biomedical security state.”

“My philosophy is, as a Governor, my job is to protect your individual freedom,” DeSantis said. “My job is not to protect corporate freedom.”

The remarks mark DeSantis’ latest rebuke against the controversial passports.

While other states such as New York have instituted mandatory vaccine policies, DeSantis maintains they are both ideologically and medically fruitless.

“It’s about your health and whether you want that protection or not,” DeSantis said of COVID-19 vaccines. “It really doesn’t impact me or anyone else.”

What’s more, the Republican Governor described vaccine passports as divisive.

“I also don’t want two classes of citizens,” DeSantis said. “We have some people in our communities who just made the decision this is something that they’re not going to do. So what? You’re going to write them out of society?

DeSantis, who himself is vaccinated, suggested the passports also make little sense scientifically.

Natural immunity, he asserted, supersedes the immunity a vaccine provides.

“There’s a lot of people who’ve already recovered from COVID who do have immunity,” DeSantis said. “(You’re) actually saying me with the Johnson and Johnson shot can go in, but someone who’s recovered from COVID and probably has stronger immunity, they can’t go in? I’m sorry that is anti-science.”

Though often criticized as underemphasizing the importance of vaccination, DeSantis Friday criticized those willing to undermine personal liberties.

He criticized those who lecture others about the virus and deliver “noble lies.”

“What I try to do is just give the data,” DeSantis said. “I give it honestly. I’m not going to sugarcoat it and I’m not going to tell somebody something that is not true based on the data just because I want them to behave in a certain way.”

Jason Delgado

Jason Delgado covers news out of the state capital for Florida Politics. After a stint with the U.S. Army, Jason attended the University of Central Florida where he studied American Policy and National Security. His past bylines include WMFE-NPR and POLITICO Florida. Throw him a line at [email protected] or on Twitter at @byJasonDelgado.


22 comments

  • Alex

    September 3, 2021 at 1:51 pm

    …while looking forward to making women semi-citizens like in Texas.

    • Evan Miller

      September 4, 2021 at 11:46 am

      You are a pathetic person. It is obvious that you had a sub par upbringing.

      • Alex

        September 5, 2021 at 1:48 pm

        So nothing but childish insults?

        Poor little weenie.

    • Su Hall

      September 5, 2021 at 12:47 pm

      He’s doing what TFG did – make people think things are hopeless so he can come in and ‘rescue’ them. No one needs rescuing from a power-hungry jerk’s gaslighting! They just need to get rid of the jerk!

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    September 3, 2021 at 2:04 pm

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    September 3, 2021 at 2:05 pm

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  • Kathy

    September 3, 2021 at 3:19 pm

    Norwegian Cruise Lines is the perfect example. A private business which chose to go above and beyond to protect their customers. That should be their choice, as it should be for bars, restaurants and any other business. Desantis should not dictate their business practice, customers can go elsewhere. If I had a restaurant, I would make it into a private club, join at any time with your vaccinationcard, $5 per month membership and the option of “safely” dining with like minded, socially responsible people.

  • Peterh

    September 3, 2021 at 5:00 pm

    I really don’t care about America’s unvaccinated FREEDUMBS!

    Vaccinated Americans have rights too. I have the “right” to not be around unvaccinated people. Vaccine passports are the way to go. They are being imposed by cruise ship lines, international destinations and businesses in other states.

    If your unvaccinated….stay at home.

    • Savo

      September 8, 2021 at 12:50 pm

      If you are vaccinated what is the problem of being around unvaccinated people?? If you haven’t been informed you are as likely to catch Covid with the shot as someone without the shot. If someone has had covid then the shot is pointless because they would have a higher immunity to the covid than a vaccinated person. Plus a vaccinated person who gets covid becomes a super spreader and will cause more damage than an unvaccinated person, therefore its better that you stay home. :))

  • Tom Palmer

    September 3, 2021 at 5:49 pm

    Two classes. Vaccinated and vaccine-ressitant.

  • Gregory Albert

    September 3, 2021 at 7:39 pm

    Some under educated folks believe that unvaccinated citizens are a threat. They don’t understand that both vaccinated and unvaccinated people can both catch and spread Covid 19. Only difference is that once vaccinated your symptoms are less deadly.

    • Alex

      September 3, 2021 at 11:42 pm

      Dr. Balter’s team has recently collected surveillance data that give us a clearer picture of the difference in risk to the vaccinated and unvaccinated as the Delta variant surged from May 1 through July 25. They studied infections in 10,895 fully vaccinated people and 30,801 unvaccinated people. The data showed that:

      The rate of infection in unvaccinated people is five times the rate of infection in vaccinated people. By the end of the study period, the age-adjusted incidence of Covid-19 among unvaccinated persons was 315.1 per 100,000 people over a seven-day period compared to 63.8 per 100,000 incidence rate among fully vaccinated people. (Age adjustment is a statistical method used so the data are representative of the general population.)

      The rate of hospitalization among the vaccinated was 1 per 100,000 people. The age-adjusted hospitalization rate in unvaccinated persons was 29.4 per 100,000.

      There.

      Now you can claim to be educated.

      • Evey

        September 6, 2021 at 9:32 am

        I frankly don’t give a fig whether vaccinated people are less likely to get covid or not. What they are NOT is less likely to die. Vaccinated people are less likely to die of covid but in net outcomes they are more likely to die, period – because the vaccine side effects can be deadly. I personally know four people – yes, four – who have been hospitalized for vaccine side effects. These side effects include major strokes, chronic fatigue, miscarriage, deadly blood clots. And that’s just the people I know. This is the part of the conversation that is not being talked about but it is the part that is most relevant. Those of us with family in the medical system know what’s going on. Medical professionals are not being allowed to speak about this. A doctor in my area was recently fired from his hospital position for talking about it. My mother has been a respected doctor in our community for 40+ years and has been harassed by colleagues for not getting the vaccine, meanwhile she is struggling to help family friends through tragic situations of stroke or chronic illness triggered by vaccines. These people have been lied to, the public has been lied to. I hope it all comes to light soon.

      • Ariel Jr.

        September 8, 2021 at 11:00 am

        Alex, here’s an interesting study published back in 2015 that contradicts the “unvaccinated” are the problem. Actually its the opposite. Your being lied to. Side note, this isn’t Fauci’s first rodeo when dealing with an unknown virus and all the misinformation that comes from his office i.e. HIV epidemic. Check your history. Consider yourself truly educated sir.
        https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4516275/

  • Chelsea Shepherd

    September 4, 2021 at 9:39 pm

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  • Ron Ogden

    September 4, 2021 at 11:34 pm

    It’s hard to imagine a higher morality than Ron DeSantis is showing today. When there are “two classes of citizens” then there are “second class citizens,” and that is anathema to every patriot. Any Floridian and any American who will not stand with Ron DeSantis deserves the obloquy of history for being a disgrace to the flag of freedom.

    • PeterH

      September 4, 2021 at 11:55 pm

      FREEDUMB FREEDUMB FREEDUMB FREEDUMB FREEDUMB

      Donald Trump and his bootlicker Ron DeSantis are grifters, liars and master conspiracy theorist! Nothing more!

      • Tom

        September 6, 2021 at 8:24 am

        Get ready for a major shift peter h.
        You and your ilk are in for a major shellacking.

        POTUS running behind in all major Senate races. He’s negative 12 in Florida. 6 to 8 Senate seat pick up likely. 40 seat net House seat swing coming to GOP. Mid term party Dems in power gets annihilated. On average 40 seats flip.

        Lincoln project once again will be insignificant. How’s Steve Schmidt & Rick Wilson doing? LMAO.

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    September 5, 2021 at 6:11 pm

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  • Shark

    September 7, 2021 at 8:26 am

    So many people commenting love taking it up the butt by their government.

  • Victoria A Olson

    September 7, 2021 at 1:51 pm

    DeSatan is living up to his name…for a man with a HARVARD Degree too bad they didn’t teach COMMON SENSE or he refuses to Understand what the word PANDEMIC MEANS nor does he care if his constituents Live or Die now he’s trying to KILL CHILDREN. This man is not a Governor he is a damn FACIST NAZI by his actions. VOTE HIM OUT OF OFFICE. Plus how can this man think he’s President material when he only cares about his political base. One must a President FOR EVERYONE.

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