A Florida county that sought to enforce a COVID-19 vaccine passport rule is being rapped across the wallet by state officials.
Florida Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis has banned vaccine passports and other vaccine mandates in the state. Despite that action, Leon County imposed a vaccine mandate on its 714 employees, eventually firing 14 who did not comply.
As a result, the state is fining Leon County $3.57 million, according to a release Tuesday on the state health department’s website.
“The County’s illegal employee vaccine mandate results in 714 counts of violating law,” reads one of the headlines in the 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