Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis issued an emergency order Friday prohibiting “vaccine passports” as proof a person has received COVID-19 shots in the state.
The move also banned businesses in Florida from requiring customers to show documentation that they’ve been vaccinated against the virus, according to the executive action.
“Businesses in Florida are prohibited from requiring patrons or customers to provide any documentation certifying COVID-19 vaccination or post-transmission recovery to gain access to, entry upon, or service from the business,” it states. “This order is effective immediately.”
Companies that fail to comply with the order won’t be eligible for contracts or grants funded through state revenue, according to the mandate.
The move flies in the face of several South Florida businesses that have announced jab requirements — such as Nova Southeastern University, which has said all students and faculty must be vaccinated before the fall semester.
Earlier this week, DeSantis rejected the notion of vaccine passports as a way of