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Florida governor issues order banning ‘vaccine passports’

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has issued an executive order Friday banning businesses from requiring customers to show proof they've been vaccinated against COVID-19 in order to get service.

In his executive order, DeSantis asserts that "vaccination passports reduce individual freedom and will harm patient privacy."

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As of this week, more than 2 million Floridians have been infected by the virus, and nearly 33,500 have died.

The governor's order scrapped a plan by a private university near Fort Lauderdale that would have required students and staff to be vaccinated for COVID-19 when they returned for the fall semester.

Nova Southeastern University had previously said vaccinations would be mandatory by Aug. 1.

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