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County Fined $3.5M For Violating Vaccine Mandate Ban

The state said the county had violated Florida's "vaccine passport" law, which prohibits businesses and governments from requiring people to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination

FOX NEWS – The Florida Department of Health issued its first fine to a county that allegedly violated the state’s ban on vaccine mandates, the department announced this week.

Leon County, which includes the capital of Tallahassee, balked at the $3.5 million fine, claiming its vaccination requirement and subsequent firing of 14 employees were legal and accused Gov. Ron DeSantis of being political.

County Administrator Vincent Long said: “The governor’s position in this instance, unfortunately, appears to be less of a public health strategy and more about political strategy.”

DeSantis said Tuesday, while announcing the fine on Twitter…

“No one should lose their job because of COVID shots. We must protect the jobs of Floridians and preserve the ability of Floridians to make their own decisions regarding what shots to take.”

“Firing hard-working employees over vaccine passports has real and lasting consequences.” – Florida Surgeon General Dr. Joseph Ladapo 

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The state said the county had violated Florida’s “vaccine passport” law, which prohibits businesses and governments from requiring people to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination.

The law can result in $5,000 per violation.

DeSantis spokesperson Taryn Fenske said in a release:

“It is unacceptable that Leon County violated Florida law, infringed on current and former employees’ medical privacy, and fired loyal public servants because of their personal health decisions … ”

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