On Wednesday the Florida House passed a bill to permanently ban vaccine passports, the executive order Gov. Ron DeSantis signed earlier this month.
According to Fox35 Orlando, the House voted 76-40 to approve the proposal (SB 2006), which Pandemics & Public Emergencies Committee Chairman Tom Leek, R-Ormond Beach, said would prepare Florida for the next public-health emergency while striking a “delicate balance between protecting people and protecting people’s civil liberties.”
The Florida Senate passed the bill last week. But, it will need to return to the Senate again as there were changes made to the bill by the Florida House of Representatives.
The bill would prohibit businesses, schools and the government from requiring customers to show documentation certifying COVID-19 vaccinations.
Pandemics & Public Emergencies Committee Chairman Tom Leek had this to say about the vaccine.
“We have vaccines, through some miracle of science, that work. We also must recognize that COVID-19 vaccines don’t have the same proven history as the same vaccines we require our schoolchildren to get,” Leek said. “We must recognize that vaccine hesitancy is real and understandable. Don’t get me wrong. For all of you in this room, for all of you who are listening out there, get vaccinated. Please get vaccinated. Let’s return to normal. But recognize that it is fair for a certain segment of our community to be hesitant about getting the vaccine.”
As of right now, the Disney Cruise Line sailings in the UK are requiring guests to get tested and have the vaccine before they cruise. You can read more about that here.
We are keeping an eye on this right now as if the Senate gives it the ok, then places like Disney World, Universal, and even the Disney Cruise Line can not require you to show a vaccine passport. However Disney Cruise Line could choose to sail out of places like New York, Texas or any state that doesn’t have a bill like this on the books.
Stay tuned as I am sure we will see more about this in the coming months especially as Cruising resumes here in the US.
For more information visit Fox 35 Orlando.