The Florida Department of Health issued its first tremendous to a county that allegedly violated the state’s ban on vaccine mandates, the division introduced this week. 

Leon County, which incorporates the capital of Tallahassee, balked on the $3.5 million tremendous, claiming its vaccination requirement and subsequent firing of 14 workers have been authorized and accused Gov. Ron DeSantis of being political.

“The governor’s position in this instance, unfortunately, appears to be less of a public health strategy and more about political strategy,” Leon County Administrator Vincent Long mentioned. 

DeSantis mentioned Tuesday, “No one should lose their job because of COVID shots,” whereas saying the tremendous on Twitter. “We must protect the jobs of Floridians and preserve the ability of Floridians to make their own decisions regarding what shots to take.”

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The state mentioned the county had violated Florida’s “vaccine passport” regulation, which prohibits companies and governments from requiring folks to point out proof of COVID-19 vaccination.

“These are people that, presumably, have been serving throughout this whole time and now all of a sudden they’re basically getting kicked to the curb,” DeSantis mentioned in a news convention in regards to the fired workers.

The regulation may end up in $5,000 per violation. 

“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,” DeSantis spokesperson Taryn Fenske mentioned in a launch. “Governor DeSantis will continue fighting for Floridians’ rights and the Florida Department of Health will continue to enforce the law.”

DeSantis mentioned Tuesday, “No one should lose their job because of COVID shots,” whereas saying the tremendous on Twitter. The Florida Department of Health fined Leon County $3.5 million Tuesday for requiring vaccines. 
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President Biden introduced a federal vaccine mandate final month for companies with greater than 100 workers, which hasn’t gone into impact but and the Florida regulation is being challenged in court docket. 

“We don’t need the state bullying our communities or private businesses who are simply trying to serve the people and get on the other side of this pandemic,” Democratic state Sen. Loranne Ausley mentioned. 

The state is investigating dozens of native governments and companies for potential violations of the regulation, in accordance with the Orlando Sentinel.

“Firing hard-working employees over vaccine passports has real and lasting consequences,” Surgeon General Dr. Joseph Ladapo mentioned in a press release. “It leads to resentment in the workplace, and loss of employment impacts individual and public health. Individuals have every right to choose how to best protect themselves and their families, and the Department will continue to enforce this law.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.