The state of Florida will start fining businesses, schools and government agencies that require customers or visitors to provide proof of a COVID-19 vaccine $5,000.
Governor DeSantis signed a bill earlier this year that banned so-called vaccine passports. NBC2 reports that the fines will begin on Sept. 16.
The law does not apply to employers that require vaccination of their staff.
“Promises made, promises kept,” DeSantis spokesperson Taryn Fenske said Wednesday.
Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried was critical of the fines saying in a statement, “Governor DeSantis is retaliating against Floridians who are trying to protect themselves and their communities from COVID-19.”
Florida Fining Proof Vaccine