The coronavirus pandemic has certainly provided us with its fair share of troubling moments, from seeing loved ones being piled onto refrigerated morgue trucks, to hearing about NY Governor Andrew Cuomo killing untold numbers of elderly citizens by sending COVID-19 patients to nursing homes. Now, as we begin to climb out of the horrid mess of the last year, there are fears that, even when the virus is gone, we’ll still be under its thumb one way or another.
For many, there are concerns that those who choose to not be vaccinated could wind up being treated as second class citizens, whose freedoms will be impugned by their decision.
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis isn’t standing for it.
As more Americans get vaccinated, the desire to get back out into the world and enjoy activities again is strong. The idea of so-called vaccine passports is increasingly discussed as a way for those who are vaccinated or negative for the coronavirus to prove they are virus-free, and return to something approaching normalcy.
But there is skepticism in some circles, particularly on the right, about the use of such tools, even though they largely don’t exist yet in the United States.
Among the opponents is Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, who rejects the notion of vaccine passports being used to restrict admissions to sites including movie theaters, sporting events, theme parks and airplanes.
The Sunshine State Governor didn’t hold back.
“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,” he said at a press conference Monday.
DeSantis also floated a bill that would preemptively eliminate the ability of businesses to require proof of vaccination for customers, but that move is sure to draw criticism from liberty advocates who will draw comparisons to cases in which religious bakers could not be forced to make cakes for weddings that fall outside of the bounds of their faith.
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