Gov. Ron DeSantis calls to permanently ban COVID-19 restrictions in Florida – WKMG News 6 & ClickOrlando

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Penny De La Cruz, Producer/Digital Journalist
Penny De La Cruz, Producer/Digital Journalist
PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. – Gov. Ron DeSantis on Tuesday introduced a package of proposals to permanently ban COVID-19-related restrictions, from mask requirements to medical professionals’ ability to disagree with restrictions, in Florida.
The governor was joined at a news conference in Panama City Beach by U.S. Rep. Dr. Neal Dunn (R-Fla.), Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis and Florida Surgeon General Dr. Joseph Ladapo.
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Under the heading “Permanent Protections Against the Biomedical Security State,” the governor proposed:
The governor also proposed legislation to protect medical professionals from speaking out against medical and scientific topics they disagree with, while also protecting their religious views.
The governor has long spoken out against COVID-19 protections, which are widely considered to be effective in protecting people from COVID-19. While he has supported vaccinating seniors and medical professionals with the COVID-19 vaccine, he has since become a big opponent of the vaccine, often citing alternative data regarding its effectiveness.
The COVID-19 vaccine has been shown to be effective at preventing serious illness and death.
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Penny De La Cruz started working at WKMG-TV in September 2021. Before joining News 6, Penny worked at KSAT 12 in San Antonio, Texas.
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