The order prohibits the issuance of vaccine passports to any government entity and prevents businesses from requiring any such documents.
Descentis cited concerns of independence and privacy as the primary basis for action, saying the implementation and enforcement of the vaccine passport would “create two classes of citizens based on vaccination.”
The order noted that many Florida residents have not yet had the opportunity to be vaccinated, while some may have immunity acquired from the infection, and others may not be able to get the Covid-19 vaccine for health, religious or other reasons.
“Records of individual Covid-19 vaccinations are private health information and should not be shared by order,” Descentis wrote in the executive order.
Desentis indicated earlier this week that he would not support the vaccine passport.
“It is totally unacceptable for the government or the private sector to show proof of this vaccination for you or that you are able to participate in the general society,” he told a news conference on Monday.
Fear of privacy
Vaccines remain a major privacy concern regarding passports, especially if a centralized, computer-based system was created to prove that people have been vaccinated against COVID-19.
“Does it come back whenever you present an ID?” Stanley asked. “Whenever someone asks you if you’ve got the vaccine. Does he report it to a government agency? That would be too bad.”
However, White House Press Secretary Jane Psaki said Monday that there would be no federal mandate requiring every American to have a vaccination certificate.