If it’s a day that ends in “y” you can count on Florida Governor Ron DeSantis to undermine vaccines and, once again, play politics with people’s lives as the country tries to get out of this pandemic.
Today was more of the same as DeSantis stood shoulder to shoulder with anti-vaxxers as they peddled dangerous lies and he himself threatened to fine local governments for ensuring their workers are vaccinated.
Tampa Bay: “Gov. Ron DeSantis said Florida will fine local governments $5,000 for each employee who is required to be vaccinated, threatening some cities and counties with millions of dollars in penalties for adopting strict vaccine ‘mandates.’ During a Monday news conference in Gainesville, DeSantis vowed to fight that city’s requirement that employees be vaccinated by the end of the month or be fired.”
Josh Jordan: “At the Ron DeSantis press conference today, a guest claimed that the COVID vaccines change your RNA which is absolutely false. I’m putting this longer clip here so you can see that DeSantis did nothing to correct this misinformation, which is prevalent in (t)he anti-vaxx movement.”
Don’t forget that the majority of the American people, including a solid majority of Floridians, support vaccine requirements.
CNN: More than half of Americans support vaccine mandates for workplaces, classrooms and sporting events
- “More than half of Americans now say they support requiring vaccinations for office workers returning to the workplace (54%), students attending in-person classes (55%) and patrons attending sporting events or concerts (55%)”
- “School mask requirements, which have touched off political battles in multiple states, are also broadly popular: 63% say all children attending school in-person should be required to wear face masks in the classrooms, with just 37% opposed.”
Politico: Poll: Floridians back vaccine mandates, proof of shots but split on masks
- “But that same poll shows a solid majority agree that employers should be able to mandate that their employees get vaccinated.”