During a press conference on Wednesday, Republican Florida Governor Ron DeSantis trolled the media after he notified them that he was planning on receiving the COVID-19 vaccination this week.
“So, I became eligible on Monday,” DeSantis said of the COVID vaccine. “I haven’t had it yet but I am planning on doing it this week.”
“I’m not sure we’re gonna do it on camera. I mean, if you guys want a gun show, maybe we can do it,” DeSantis joked.
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Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis says he plans on getting the covid vaccine this week:
“I’m not sure we’re gonna do it on camera. I mean, if you guys want a gun show, maybe we can do it.”pic.twitter.com/Xb84pisSn8
— Daily Caller (@DailyCaller) March 31, 2021
DeSantis has been in the news recently over his position on COVID-19 passports which have been strongly promoted by Democrats.
“It’s completely unacceptable for either the government or the private sector to impose upon you the requirement that you show proof of vaccine to just simply be able to participate in normal society,” he said during a press conference earlier in the week.
DeSantis explained that these vaccine passes were unnecessary, arguing that they allowed large corporations to handle vaccine data. “You want the fox to guard the henhouse?” he said. “Give me a break.”
Check out what NPR reported relating to COVID vaccine passports:
He said he will issue emergency rules this week that will prevent businesses from requiring proof of vaccination, and will work with the Legislature on a permanent ban. The ban would be specific to COVID-19 vaccines used under the Food and Drug Administration’s emergency use authorization, he said, as all the vaccines currently administered in the United States are.
Schools’ and universities’ typical vaccination requirements against measles and the like are different, he said, and would be unaffected.
The NBA’s Miami Heat had already announced last week that it would have special sections at this Thursday’s game reserved for fully vaccinated fans. Masks will still be required, but social distancing will be relaxed in those sections.
The White House has repeatedly said that the federal government will not administer vaccine passports, in part because it’s clear that a federally run vaccine passport might cause some Americans to avoid getting vaccinated.
“We do know that there is a segment of the population that is concerned that the government will play too heavy-handed of a role in monitoring their vaccinations,” White House senior adviser Andy Slavitt said on Monday morning. “In point of fact, it would discourage people, to feel like that was the role we’re playing.”
Instead, Slavitt said, the federal government will issue guidelines and requirements to the private sector, which it anticipates will develop a “marketplace of solutions.”
DeSantis is taking a far different tack from New York state, where embattled Gov. Andrew Cuomo has already announced a voluntary digital pass that can demonstrate a person’s vaccination status or negative test result.
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