DeSantis Win: Gainesville Rescinds City Vaccine Mandate

DeSantis Win: Gainesville Rescinds City Vaccine Mandate

Michael Snyder, The Northwest Florida Daily News via Imagn Content Services, LLC

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) on Friday announced a major victory for Gainesville city employees, as the city rescinded the city worker vaccine mandate after a judge granted a temporary injunction against it.

City commissioners initially voted for the mandate applying to all city employees 4-3 in August. The rule prompted a massive lawsuit on behalf of roughly 200 city employees. Weeks later, Gov. DeSantis announced that Attorney General Ashley Moody (R) filed an amicus brief with the court, supporting the city employees challenging the rule. And last week, the city employees scored a victory after Alachua Civil Circuit Judge Monica Brasington granted the injunction against the city’s vaccine mandate.

That same week, city commissioners voted to “reconsider” the city’s mandate. Then, on Friday, DeSantis announced that the Florida Department of Health “received a response” from the city “indicating the City of Gainesville rescinded its employee vaccine mandate.”

“This reversal also follows an Eighth Judicial Circuit Court temporary injunction preventing vaccine mandates for city employees,” his office said.

“In response to your inquiry, there are zero employees who are subject to a City COVID-19 employer vaccination requirement,” City Manager Lee Feldman wrote in response to the Florida Department of Health’s letter.

“Please be advised that o September 23, 2021, the City Commission of the City of Gainesville took action to remind their August 5th action related to COVID-19,” he continued.

“Based upon that rescission, the directives enumerated in my memoranda dated August 12, 2021 and updated August 14, 2021 have been voided, he added.

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