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DeSantis Announces That Florida Will Make Its Ban on Covid Mandates ‘Permanent’

    Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) is moving to implement a permanent ban on Covid-style mandates, which range from school mask requirements to “vaccine passports.”

    DeSantis said he will introduce legislation called “Prescribe Freedom” that will stop Florida from becoming a “biomedical security state.” An overview of the plan is provided below.

    The proposal includes the permanent prohibition of mandates that are continuously proven ineffective, including:

    • Permanently prohibiting COVID-19 vaccine passports in Florida;
    • Permanently prohibiting COVID-19 vaccine and mask requirements in all Florida schools;
    • Permanently prohibiting COVID-19 masking requirements at businesses; and
    • Permanently prohibiting employers from hiring or firing based on mRNA jabs.

    DeSantis said the purpose of the legislation is to keep Florida from becoming a failed ‘Woke’ state like California.

    “When the world lost its mind, Florida was a refuge of sanity, serving strongly as freedom’s linchpin,” DeSantis said.

    “These measures will ensure Florida remains this way and will provide landmark protections for free speech for medical practitioners.”

    “It required us over the past few years to stand against major institutions in our society: The bureaucracy, the medical establishment, legacy media, and even the President of the United States who, together, were working to impose a biomedical security state on society,” he added.

    Florida’s surgeon general Dr. Joseph Ladapo said he supports the bill because it promotes the free exchange of ideas between medical professionals.

    “As a health sciences researcher and physician, I have personally witnessed accomplished scientists receive threats due to their unorthodox positions,” Ladapo said.

    “However, many of these positions have proven to be correct, as we’ve all seen over the past few years,” he continued. “All medical professionals should be encouraged to engage in scientific discourse without fearing for their livelihoods or their careers.”


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