DeSantis Threatens To Fine Cities, Counties Over Employee Vaccination Rules

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Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis' push against COVID-19 pandemic guidelines continues.

The Republican governor announced a threat to local governments Monday (September 13) regarding COVID-19 vaccination requirements for employees, WESH 2 reports. DeSantis said any city or county could face a $5,000 per violation if they require their employees get shots.

"We are gonna stand for the men and women who are serving us. We are gonna protect Florida jobs," he said, according to WPTV. "We are not gonna let people be fired because of a vaccine mandate."

This could add up to millions of dollars for local governments, a Tampa Bay Times reporter pointed out.

This comes after President Joe Biden's announcement last week that all federal workers and contractors must get vaccinated against the novel virus. He also required all companies with 100 or more employees to mandate vaccinations, as well.

The Sunshine State has been called a coronavirus epicenter due to high infection rates, hospitalizations, and even deaths. Despite the troubling situation, DeSantis has threatened to revoke funding from schools if they required masks for students, prohibited local governments from issuing COVID-19-related fines and other mandates.

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