Politics Ron DeSantis says he's 'offended' that a police officer 'could potentially lose their job' over COVID-19 vaccine mandates
More than 40% of Americans may not get a flu shot this year. That could spell trouble during COVID.
The main reason cited for not getting a flu shot is a belief that it isn't effective. Experts say flu shots prevent thousands of deaths every year.Last year's worries around a "twindemic" of influenza and COVID-19 overwhelming hospitals around the nation luckily went unfounded after a historically mild flu season.
- Gov. Ron DeSantis has pledged to fight the Biden administration over federal vaccine mandates.
- "I am offended that a police officer could potentially lose their job," he said on Thursday.
- DeSantis has opposed broad vaccine requirements and mask mandates in K-12 public schools.
Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis of Florida, a vocal opponent of COVID-19 vaccine mandates, on Thursday said that the state will fight the federal government in court over legislation regarding such requirements.
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DeSantis, a potential 2024 presidential candidate, has spoken out forcefully against vaccination rules placed on employers, and last month said that President Joe Biden's vaccine mandate.
"Let's not have Biden come in and effectively take away - threaten to take away - the jobs of people who have been working hard throughout this entire pandemic," DeSantis said during a news conference this week. "I am offended that a police officer could potentially lose their job."
"I just think it's fundamentally wrong to be taking people's jobs away, particularly given the situations that we see ourselves facing with the economy," he added.
The rule from the federal governmentthat employers with over 100 workers must require vaccination or conduct weekly testing, which would affect about 80 million Americans. The broader mandate would also affect about 17 million healthcare workers who are employed by hospitals that accept Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement, along with federal employees and contractors.
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Republicans last monthon Biden's move.
Even Gov. Asa Hutchinson of Arkansas, who has traveled throughout his conservative in an effort to boost the vaccine, said that Biden's decision to enact a federal mandateto increasing inoculation levels among the public.
"I support businesses being able to require vaccination, but it's their own independent choice for their workplace," he said last month. "But to have the federal mandate will be counterproductive. It's going to increase resistance. We're going to grow our vaccinations whether you have this or not."
DeSantis, who hasand s that have sought to implement mask mandates, recently appointed Dr. Joseph Ladapo to become the state's new surgeon general.
Ladapo, who opposes mask mandates andCOVID-19 vaccines are "nothing special," last year boosted the use of the drug hydroxychloroquine to fight the coronavirus. The World Health Organization earlier this year said that hydroxychloroquine is for COVID-19.
Florida Governor DeSantis threatens to SUE Biden over vaccine mandates
The Republican Florida governor said he'd challenge Biden in the 11th US Circuit Court of Appeals during a Thursday news briefing, adding that he thought Florida 'has standing to do it.''We are going to contest that immediately. We think the state of Florida has standing to do it,' DeSantis said during a press conference at the Florida Department of Health at Lee County. 'We also know businesses that we’re going to work with to contest it.
Recently, the Florida Department of Health leveled a $3.57 million fine against Leon County, which encompasses the state capital of Tallahassee, after the jurisdiction mandated that hundreds of workers receive the vaccine.
The county terminated the employment of 14 workers who chose not to receive the vaccine,, and local officials are prepared to defend the requirement in court.
A recent studyby the French government-backed scientific organization Epi-Phare, which looked at nearly 23 million individuals, found that vaccines reduced the risk of contracting a severe case of COVID-19 by at least 90% among individuals 50 years old or older.
As Insider's Eliza Relman, medical professionals as well as public health and legal experts, have praised vaccine and testing mandates as effective and constitutional tools to promote public health -- especially as the unvaccinated pose a threat to others' health and safety.
DeSantis said that the state's lawsuits against the federal mandates will be filed in the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit.
Florida,experienced a surge in new COVID-19 infections fueled by the highly infectious Delta variant, has seen over 57,000 of its residents succumb to the virus since the beginning of the pandemic, compiled by Johns Hopkins University.
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The niece of the former president criticized the Florida governor, who is under fire over his opposition to lockdowns or new restrictions to curb COVID.Trump appeared to criticize the Republican governor's resistance to implementing coronavirus mask and vaccine mandates amid a spike in cases in the Sunshine State due to the highly contagious delta variant.