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(Children’s Health Defense) – Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis yesterday called for a special session of the Florida legislature to help write laws to protect the rights of workers and combat vaccine mandate policies.
DeSantis spoke at the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office Hangar in front of firemen, airline pilots, nurses and police officers who’ve been fired or had their jobs threatened by government COVID policy.
DeSantis, who said the issue is too important to wait until the next scheduled legislative session in January, expects the special session to happen in November.
“Legislative action against these illegal mandates is not something that can wait until a new legislative session next year, so we will be calling the legislature back for a special session,” DeSantis said.
“We want to provide protection for people,” DeSantis said. “Your right to earn a living should not be be contingent on COVID shots.”
According to the governor, the special session will also address making businesses liable for any medical harm that results from a mandatory vaccination.
“If someone was forced by their employer to receive a COVID vaccine and had an adverse reaction, that business should be liable since it wasn’t an individual choice … in terms of legislation we want to provide protections and legal avenues for these people. It’s not a free choice if you say ‘get a shot or lose your job’ … that’s not a free choice for a lot of people because their livelihood is hanging in the balance.”
DeSantis also signaled the special legislative session will address vaccine mandates on hospitals.
“We will oppose the mandates that are being put on hospitals … they’re saying if you don’t do forced injections then you lose medicare and medicaid funding. None of these healthcare providers would even be able to function, particularly in a state like Florida where most patients are on medicare. It’s illegal and wrong.”
The governor claimed state policies and protections addressing mandates would have been signed into law during the last legislative session, but he never expected things would get this far.
It's official: Joe Biden has announced that his Administration will be forcing COVID vaccinations on nearly 1/3rd of American citizens, blatantly disregarding the personal objections of millions of people and moving America ever closer towards a medical dictatorship.
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On Thursday, September 9th, Joe Biden announced the latest round of federal orders meant to further coerce large swaths of the public into getting the COVID vaccine -- many against their will.
While the legal standing of these measures is, at best, dubious, the Biden Administration appears more ready than ever to gut our individual rights and practically erase medical autonomy in our country.
This latest escalation in overreach was announced via a televised speech in which Biden outlined a new "six-point plan" that includes far more than just six avenues to achieve mass medical compliance.
Among the most egregious new federal mandates are the following:
- A requirement that all private businesses employing more than 100 people mandate their workers get the Covid-19 vaccine or submit to weekly testing (to be implemented by way of a new Department of Labor rule)
- A requirement that all federal employees and federal contractors get the COVID vaccine
- A requirement that all healthcare workers in facilities that receive reimbursement from Medicare and/or Medicaid (an estimated 17 million) get the Covid-19 vaccine without an alternative testing option
- A requirement that all Head Start teachers get the COVID vaccine
- A federal effort to lobby states to implement vaccine mandates for all school employees, and require regular testing of all students and school staff
- A federal effort to lobby entertainment venues to require proof of vaccination or testing in order to grant entry to the public
- A continuation of mask mandates on all federal properties and during interstate travel (i.e. planes, trains, buses)
All in all, these new vaccine mandates, which will go into effect within the coming weeks, will affect an estimated 100 million American workers -- 2/3rds of the entire workforce!
And, according to an administration official, violations of these unconstitutional requirements could result in fines of up to $14,000.
While this is clearly a political ploy on the part of the Joe Biden and his team of power-hungry Washington insiders to shift the focus from their disastrous withdrawal from Afghanistan, the American public knows better: After nearly a year and a half's worth of arbitrary, ever-changing, and unconstitutional government mandates in response to the COVID outbreak, it was always a given that the Biden Administration would ramp things up even further when it behooved them.
And now, it would seem that time has officially come.
"This is not about freedom or personal choice," Biden uttered in his remarks, confirming his administration's blatant dismissal of all Americans' right(s) to accept or decline the experimental Covid-19 vaccine.
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DeSantis also said the upcoming emergency legislative session will present an opportunity to strengthen parental rights.
“It’s also important to fortify parents’ rights, and we as the Florida government, need to provide an avenue for parents to take recourse against schools that violate the parental bill of rights with their COVID policies,” DeSantis said.
Speaking alongside DeSantis, Florida Surgeon General Joseph Ladapo addressed vaccine safety.
“No matter what the people on TV tell you, it’s not true, there is more to learn about in regards to the safety of these vaccines,” Ladapo said.
“At first they told us that these vaccines will stop transmission and the rates of protection were greater than 90%. Well here we are 10 months later and we’re finding that the protection these vaccines afford people is only 40%, and for some of them even less.”
Ladapo said some people are not comfortable with these vaccines because of “the climate of scientific dishonesty about the official science.”
“The reality of how safe these vaccines are is not public,” he said.
Watch the press event here:
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