Florida Governor lifts all COVID-19 restrictions

MIAMI – The Florida government’s Ron DeSantis on Monday lifted all COVID-19 restrictions in the US state, citing the vaccine’s effectiveness and availability, in a move that attracted criticism from Democratic mayors.

DeSantis signed a law invalidating local emergency orders – which bans COVID-19, effective July 1, and then signed an executive order that bridges the gap between now and then.

The Republican governor said at a press conference that “deaths due to infection and the continuation of the vaccine rollout were noted.”

According to the US Department of Health, out of a total of nine million people in Florida – about 23 million residents have taken at least one dose of the vaccine.

“At this point, people who have not been vaccinated are definitely not because there is a lack of supply or lack of availability,” he said.

The vaccine was made available last Friday to all people over the age of 16 without requiring proof of state residency, a document that was required since January to withstand initial high demand.

This enabled vaccination for unspecified migrants, who had difficulty proving their residency, as well as, so-called vaccine tourism.

Dissentes – a 2024 potential presidential candidate who is popular with many Donald Trump supporters – criticized strict security measures that remain elsewhere in the United States.

He said that those who say they still need to ban residents are saying they “don’t believe in vaccines.”

Pfizer, Modern and Johnson & Johnson vaccines are available, in many cases without an appointment, at federal, state, and county centers; Apart from many pharmacies and supermarkets.

Democratic Mayor of Miami-Dade County Daniela Levine-Cava said, “I am very concerned with this decision. We are still in a public health emergency.”

“More than half of our residents have been vaccinated, and we face increasing threats from variants.”

St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Chrisman said Descentis is setting his own ambitions above health policy.

“It’s not for the protection of flowers,” he said. “It’s for politics – and that’s not what it’s supposed to be.”


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