The Florida Health department fined the state government more than $ 300 million on Tuesday for violating the country’s bans and defense passports – the first time the country had punished the area for violating the ban.
The health ministry said in a statement that officials in Leon County, where Tallahassee, the country’s capital were present, had violated state law by ordering in late July that 700 district workers give evidence for the injection no later than October 1. Then, on October 4, district officials fired 13 compliance with requirements.
“It is unacceptable that Leon County violated Florida law, violated the privacy of former employees and employees, and fired loyal civil servants because of their health choices,” Governor Ron DeSantis, Republican, said in a statement.
DeSantis, who has been adamant about contraceptives and vaccines despite rising numbers of cases, signed a bill in May to ban passports for protection – specifically barring local governments from wanting anyone, including a worker, to provide evidence of abduction. The law, which went into effect last month, also fines $ 5,000 for violations.
Leon County Administrator Vincent Long said in a statement Tuesday that the district believes the need for protection is “legitimately justified” and is essential for public safety.
“The governor’s position on this incident unfortunately seems to be a bit of public health advice and about the political system,” he said. “Leon County is keen to exercise its rights by using any available drugs to resolve any dispute over the effectiveness of the law so that we can continue to be fully vigilant in fighting the virus, protecting our employees and citizens, and fulfilling our obligations to our community.”
DeSantis has been severely criticized by critics for his handling of coronavirus, and has also taken the heat from the White House over his objections to using strong public safety measures.
Other GOP-led countries, such as Texas and Montana, have also enacted laws that prohibit prescribing masks, vaccines and evidence of protection. Texas Governor Greg Abbott signed a bill on Monday banning any position in the government, including private employees, from wanting to be vaccinated against Covid.
White House journalist Jen Psaki told reporters Tuesday that DeSantis and Abbott were “putting politics ahead of public health.”
“More than 700,000 American lives have been lost to Covid-19, including more than 56,000 in Florida and more than 68,000 in Texas,” he said. “And every leader should look to support efforts to save lives and end this scourge.”