DeSantis sues Biden administration over contractor vaccine mandate
Why it matters: This is the Republican governor's latest attempt to undermine federal vaccine requirements, with the lawsuit alleging that such measures are a "radical intrusion on the personal autonomy" of U.S. workers.
- The lawsuit aims to bring an "immediate end" to the order requiring millions of federal contractors to inoculate themselves against the virus.
- Last week, DeSantis announced that he would convene a special session of the Florida legislature to combat COVID vaccine mandates enacted by businesses and "provide protections for employees."
Background: DeSantis has fought vehemently against public health measures intended to address the toll of the virus in Florida.
- Earlier this month, the Florida Department of Health fined Leon County $3.5 million for requiring its employees to get vaccinated against the coronavirus, saying it violated the state's ban on "vaccine passports."
- In August, the Florida Department of Education withheld funds from two districts that defied DeSantis' order banning mask mandates in schools.
What they're saying: "Just months ago Joe Biden was saying that it wouldn't be appropriate or lawful for the federal government to mandate these COVID shots," DeSantis said in an emailed statement.
- "Now we have somehow gone from 15 days to slow the spread to 3 jabs to keep your job," he continued.
- "This is a once in a generation pandemic that has taken the lives of more than 700,000 Americans," a White House official told Axios.
- "The President has authority to protect the federal workforce and promote efficiency in federal contracting in this way."
Editor's note: This story has been updated to include the White House's statement.