The order prohibits any government agency from issuing vaccine passports and prohibits companies from requesting any such documents.
DeSantis takes freedom and privacy issues as the main basis for his actions, and believes that the implementation and enforcement of vaccine passports will “produce two types of citizens based on vaccination.”
The order stated that many Floridans have not yet had access to the vaccine, while some may have the immunity to acquire infection, while others may not be able to obtain the Covid-19 vaccine due to health, religion or other reasons.
DeSantis’ executive order said: “Individual Covid-19 vaccination records are private health information and should not be shared by authorized personnel.”
DeSantis said earlier this week that he does not support vaccine passports.
He said at a press conference on Monday: “The requirement imposed on you by the government or the private sector is that you must produce a vaccine certificate to be able to simply join a normal society. This is completely unacceptable.”
Vaccine passports have always had major privacy issues, especially if a computer-based centralized computer system is created to prove that people have been vaccinated against Covid-19.
“Whenever you show a certificate, does it report back?” Stanley asked. “Every time someone asks if you have received the vaccine? Will it report to some government agency? That’s also very bad.”
However, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said on Monday that there will be no federal order requiring every American to obtain a vaccine certificate.