Public sector agencies in Florida – including fire departments – can no longer mandate that employees receive a COVID-19 vaccination as a condition of employment under a law signed today by Governor Ron DeSantis.
“They had these people out there the whole time, doing stuff that other people didn’t want to do, and then they give them their walking papers?” DeSantis said at a bill signing ceremony. “No nurse, no firefighter, no police officer, no trucker, no anybody should lose their job because of these COVID jabs.”
New laws signed Thursday also limit other types of COVID mandates, as well. They requires private sector employers to offer additional exemptions from vaccine mandates and prohibit schools from requiring masks.
DeSantis, a Republican, signed the legislation flanked by firefighters, nurses and other public sector employees.
“Thank you for helping us hold the red line against those who would threaten our freedom of choice,” said Orange County Fire Rescue Firefighter Maria Bernard. You can watch the governor’s announcement on C-Span.