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Florida Governor Ron DeSantis announced Monday that Florida would eliminate coronavirus restrictions. The decision, taken because of the effectiveness of the vaccines, will be effective immediately for locals.
Similarly, the Republican signed a bill that will invalidate all limitations as of July 1, as well as an executive order immediately suspending local emergency orders until the law goes into effect.
“This is the evidence-based thing to do,” De Santis said at a press conference in St. Petersburg.
Likewise, the governor indicated that vaccination passports will not be allowed in Florida. Already in March, DeSantis had advanced that the document would not be required in the state. “Under no circumstances will the state require people to have proof of vaccination. And I don’t think private companies should,” he said at a news conference.
DeSantis referred to the reduction of infections and deaths due to the advancement of the vaccination process. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 8.9 million people – out of a total of 23 million residents – have received at least one dose of the vaccine in Florida.
Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson vaccines are already available, in many cases on a walk-in basis, at federal, state, and county centers. They are also available at pharmacies and supermarkets with pharmacists.