Ron DeSantis Puts Director Under Investigation for Coercing Staff to Get Vaccine

Ron DeSantis Puts Director Under Investigation for Coercing Staff to Get Vaccine

(RightWing.org) – A senior Florida public health official has been placed on leave after allegedly pressuring his staff to be vaccinated against COVID-19. Now the state health department is investigating whether any laws were broken.

On January 4, Orange County health administrator, Dr. Raul Pino, compiled vaccination statistics for his 568 employees. He didn’t like the results, so he sent an email to his staff complaining about the “pathetic” vaccination rate in the department and calling it “irresponsible” to refuse vaccination.

Now the Florida Department of Health has confirmed that Pino has been placed on administrative leave. Spokesman Jeremy T. Redfern also said the department has launched an inquiry to find out whether Pino broke any state laws in the process. It’s not clear whether the suspension and inquiry is because of the email Pino sent, or his decision to compile the statistics in the first place.

Last September, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis (R) signed a law that bans state agencies from requiring proof of vaccination from employees. In October, Leon County was fined $3.5 million for violating the ban and terminating 14 staff who hadn’t been inoculated. Pino’s actions potentially violate the same law — and DeSantis, more concerned with protecting Floridians than toeing the federal government’s line — is determined to enforce it.

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