CORAL SPRINGS, FL – Gov. Ron DeSantis issued an emergency order Friday prohibiting businesses from using the so-called “vaccine passports” to show proof that a person has had a Covid-19 vaccine.

The order bans businesses in Florida from requiring customers to show documentation that they’ve received a vaccine.

Companies failing to comply won’t be eligible for contracts or grants funded through state revenue, according to the order.

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“Businesses in Florida are prohibited from requiring patrons or customers to provide any documentation certifying COVID-19 vaccination or post-transmission recovery to gain access to, entry upon, or service from the business,” the order states.

 

Vaccine data

As of Friday, 6,091,034 people have received vaccines in Florida, and 3,501,600 people have been fully vaccinated, according to the Florida Department of Health.

In Broward County, 537,357 people have been vaccinated.

 

Variant data

More people have been infected with Covid-19 variants this week.  

As of Friday, Florida had 2,351 cases of the U.K. strain, 55 cases of the Brazilian variant, and 16 cases of the South African strain, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

 

Covid-19 data

– Coral Springs (Florida Department of Health):

Cases: 12,474

 

– Broward County (Florida Department of Health):

Cases: 216,277

Deaths: 2,685

Thursday’s positivity: 6.76%

 

– Florida (Florida Department of Health):

Cases: 2,071,015 

Deaths: 33,586

Thursday’s positivity: 6.10%

 

– United States (Johns Hopkins University):

Cases: 30,602,678

Deaths: 553,979

 

– Worldwide (Johns Hopkins University)

Cases: 130,104,148

Deaths: 2,836,270

 

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