TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has issued an executive order Friday banning businesses from requiring customers to show proof they've been vaccinated against COVID-19 to get service.
In his executive order, DeSantis asserts that "vaccination passports reduce individual freedom and will harm patient privacy."
As of this week, more than 2 million Floridians have been infected by the virus, and nearly 33,500 have died.
The governor's order scrapped a plan by a private university near Fort Lauderdale that would have required students and staff to be vaccinated for COVID-19 when they returned for the fall semester.
Nova Southeastern University had previously said vaccinations would be mandatory by Aug. 1.