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Florida governor offers bounty to recruit police officers refusing to be vaccinated – RT en français

Like other states run by Republicans, Florida is seeking to attract police officers forced to quit their jobs because of their refusal to be vaccinated against Covid-19 in American territories where the measure is mandatory.

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis said on October 24 on Fox News that he wanted to sign a law offering a $ 5,000 settlement bonus to police officers who lost their jobs for failing to comply with the vaccination requirement. against Covid-19.

The Republican governor called a special legislative session on Oct. 22 to pass a bill protecting Florida residents from losing their jobs due to the vaccine requirement. US President Joe Biden signed a decree on September 10 requiring executive officials to be vaccinated, without the possibility of regular testing, under penalty of disciplinary action. Employees of sub-contractors of federal agencies, staff of nursing homes receiving federal subsidies and schools under federal control are also affected, for a total of 100 million Americans.

You have people who want to fire them from their jobs for what is essentially a personal decision

“In Florida, not only will we protect law enforcement and all jobs, but we are actively working to recruit law enforcement out of state because we have needs in our police departments.” Ron DeSantis explained in his Fox News interview, citing the vaccination mandates of states like Washington and New York.

The governor of Florida has said that some medical workers and officials who were hailed as heroes at the start of the pandemic have become outcasts due to their refusal to resort to the Covid-19 vaccine. “They couldn’t do their job on Zoom. They had to be there, and they did so with honor and integrity. Now, do you have people who want to fire them from their jobs for what is essentially a personal decision? ”He elaborated. Ron DeSantis demanded that police officers who contracted Covid-19 be exempt from the warrant on the grounds that they have developed “natural immunity” to the virus.

Indiana, Arizona and Alaska also court police refusing vaccination

Other Republican states like Indiana, Arizona and Alaska have also called on officers who have been forced to quit their jobs to join them. The Chicago Police Union, for example, estimated that more than 3,000 municipal officers were at risk of losing their jobs because of their refusal to be vaccinated. The Los Angeles County Sheriff, Alex Villanueva, said earlier this month he would not apply a vaccination mandate to his employees because he would lose up to 10% of a workforce already strained by budget cuts.

More than 20 states have some form of vaccination mandate in place for their workers. The one imposed by the governor of Washington Jay Inslee is one of the strictest in the country and has already cost their jobs to nearly 1,900 employees in this state. The Washington State Patrol said on October 19 that 127 of its employees had been suspended. In New York City, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced on October 20 that all city workers who have not received at least their first dose of vaccine by November 1 will have their salaries suspended.

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