(CNS News) -- Citing civil rights and privacy concerns, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) said that COVID vaccinations will not be "mandated in Florida" and stressed that a vaccine passport -- a document showing one's vaccination status -- will not be happening in the Sunshine State.
"We will not have COVID vaccines mandated in Florida," said DeSantis at a press conference on Monday in Tallahassee. Also, "We are not supporting doing any vaccine passports in the state of Florida."
“We always said we wanted to provide it [vaccine] for all but mandate it for none," said the Republican governor. "And that was something that, while it was advised to take particularly if you’re vulnerable, we were not going to force you to do it.”
As for a vaccine passport, which New York already is implementing, "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," said Gov. DeSantis.
“You want to go to a movie theater, should you have to show that? No," he said. "You want to go to a game, [or] a theme park? No. So we’re not supportive of that.”
He further said, “You’re going to do this and what, give all this information to some big corporation? You want the fox to guard the hen house? I mean give me a break. This is something that has huge privacy implications. It is not necessary to do."
"We are not going to force you to provide proof of this just so you can live your life normally," said DeSantis. "But we do need the legislature to come in and just say this is not happening in Florida. That would provide a lot of certainty for a lot of people."