TALLAHASSEE, Florida — State officials lettered to Leon County on Tuesday of a massive $3.57 million fine for defying Florida’s vaccine mandate ban under the new state law.
This comes after Governor Ron DeSantis pledged last month that he would use SB 2006 to penalize local governments for requiring COVID-19 vaccinations.
Leon County was awarded $5,000 each for each of its over 700 employees.
Fourteen people were fired for failing to prove their vaccination status.
The governor insists that he is fighting for individual liberty and not for the punishment.
“We will ensure that everyone has the freedom to make their own decisions. We won’t discriminate against anyone based on these choices. DeSantis explained that everyone has the right to function in society.
The governor may be exceeding his authority by imposing fines on cities and counties.
He used the law to stop Florida companies from asking customers for proof of vaccination.
Leon County previously stated that there is “real disagreement over the applicability” of the rule …”, and suggested that a lawsuit might be in the making.
White House officials support vaccine mandates for their economic and public health benefits.
Leon County issued the following statement after the issuance of the fine:
Forrest Saunders, WPTV’s first reporter on this story, reported it.