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Gov. Ron DeSantis on Thursday said he will challenge President Joe Biden’s employer vaccine mandate in federal court.
During a news conference, the Governor cast the mandates as disrespectful to workers who clocked in at the height of the pandemic. He said he found it offensive to force them out of their jobs if they refuse the vaccine.
He said the state will file its challenge in the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.
The announcement comes in the wake of an order from the Biden administration requiring businesses with more than 100 employees to make vaccination a condition of employment. The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration is charged with enforcing the order.
DeSantis has criticized the mandate since it was first announced in September. He has lashed out at municipal governments that have sought to impose similar mandates on their employees — earlier this week, the state Department of Health levied a $ $ $3.57 million fine against Leon County for its mandate.
Other local governments, such as the City of Gainesville, caved after DeSantis’ threat of a $5,000 fine for each violation.
The Governor also said vaccine mandates have the potential to worsen the staffing crisis at hospitals.
“The fact of the matter in medical, with nurses, if even a fraction of them decide that this is not something they want to do and leave, this will cause a lot of these health systems to hemorrhage,” DeSantis said.
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Quote of the Day
“I am offended that, like, a police officer could potentially lose their job. They were not given the ability to work from home. They didn’t get to Zoom in to protect us. Ain’t gonna work to protect the public on Zoom.” — Gov. Ron DeSantis, opposing first responder vaccine mandates.
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