Governor of Florida Bans Use of Vaccine Passports

Ron DeSantis, governor of Florida, banned the use of vaccine passports in the state in early April. The proclamation states that, “No Florida government or entity, or its subdivision, agents, or assigns, shall be permitted to issue vaccine passports, vaccine passes, or other standardized documentation for the purpose of certifying an individual’s COVID-19 vaccination status to a third party, or otherwise publish or share any individual’s COVID-19 vaccination record or similar health information.”

The executive order goes on to say that businesses are prohibited from requiring patrons or customers to provide any documentation certifying COVID-19 vaccination or post-transmission recovery to gain access to, entry upon, or service from the business. “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,” DeSantis said during a press conference shortly before issuing the order.