A Florida county is in hot water after it instituted a vaccine mandate for its 714 employees. Offering very few exemptions, Leon County, Florida followed Joe Biden’s example and — in violation of an executive order from Governor Ron DeSantis — required employees to get the jab. But now, this Florida County has been fined for its illegal vaccine mandate.
DeSantis’ executive order makes it clear that vaccine passports and mandates are not allowed. But that didn’t stop Leon County Administrator Vince Long from bringing vaccine tyranny to his county. The deadline to get the jab was October 2 and 14 workers have lost their jobs after they, in accordance with DeSantis’ order, chose not to get vaccinated. But on October 6, the Florida Department of Health sent county officials a letter announcing the fine, which must be paid within 30 days. The Tallahassee Democrat reports:
“Leon County government is assessed a total fine of $3,570,000.00,” Woodlief wrote. “Payment must be made within 30 days of the final order in this matter,” indicating check or money order was acceptable.
In mid-September, DeSantis said he would not let Floridians be fired because of a vaccine mandate and announced he would begin leveling $5,000 fines per employee.
“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 personal health decisions,” he said in a statement Tuesday through spokeswoman Taryn Fenske. “Governor DeSantis will continue fighting for Floridians’ rights and the Florida Department of Health will continue to enforce the law.”
“It’s obvious to me that the governor’s position here is political strategy which has nothing to do with the positions we’ve taken,” Long says. “The governor’s response to that is unfortunate, and we plan to assert our legal rights to support the actions we’ve taken, which we believe are not only completely legally justifiable but are the most responsible thing we could do in this case in keeping with all of the public health guidance.”
DeSantis, however, will continue to fight for Floridians. “No one should lose their job because of COVID shots,” he says. “We must protect the jobs of Floridians and preserve the ability of Floridians to make their own decisions regarding what shots to take.”
It’s unclear how this will all turn out, but it’s good to see Florida working to protect its citizens from vaccine tyranny.