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Special Olympics Drops Its Vaccine Requirement After Florida Governor DeSantis Threatens The Organization With A $27.5 Million Fine

By Gina Florio··  2 min read
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During the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, there were a few states that refused to bow to the mob and implement arbitrary vaccine requirements in order to enter restaurants and various other businesses. Florida was one of those states.

Florida governor Ron DeSantis has been an unapologetic fighter for freedom in Florida. He has been doing everything in his power to halt the introduction of vaccine passports in his state, even if it means upsetting people and various corporations in the process. His latest fight has been with the Special Olympics being held in Orlando on June 5-12.

Special Olympics Drops Its Vaccine Requirement after DeSantis Threatens the Organization with a Fine

The Special Olympics did everything it could to impose a vaccine requirement for its upcoming event, but DeSantis had already imposed a rule that bans businesses from imposing a coronavirus vaccine mandate. So when the Special Olympics tried to pull a fast one on Florida, he stepped in and refused to accept it.

DeSantis's office issued a letter to the Special Olympics, citing Section 381.00316(1) that "prohibits a business entity, which includes a charitable organization, from requiring any patron or customer to provide documentation certifying COVID-19 vaccination or post-infection recovery to gain access to, entry upon, or service from the business entity."

Reportedly, participants and their families had contacted DeSantis's office with complaints that the Special Olympics was requiring them to be fully vaccinated in order to attend the event.

The letter also informed the Special Olympics that they would be fined $27.5 million "for 5,500 violations of section 381.00316(1)." Shortly after, the Special Olympics responded with a statement:

"Special Olympics, Inc. (SOI) announced on June 2, 2022, that it is lifting the vaccine requirement for delegation members attending the 2022 Special Olympics USA Games being held in Orlando, Florida, June 5-12, as required by state of Florida officials on May 27, based upon the Florida Department of Health’s interpretation of Florida law. Delegates who were registered for the Games but were unable to participate due to the prior vaccine requirement, now have the option to attend."

Another big win for Florida and freedom in general as DeSantis continues to pave the way for our entire country when it comes to supporting an individual's right to make their own personal medical decisions.

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