Federal Vaccine Mandate
On January 13, 2022, the U.S. Supreme Court blocked President Biden's mandate that requires businesses owners with more than 100 employees to institute mandatory COVID-19 vaccine or conduct weekly COVID-19 testing. The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to block President Biden’s dystopian vaccine mandate on private businesses is a win for our rule of law. The mandates on federal contractors and healthcare workers are still working their way through the courts. The U.S. Supreme Court recently chose not to block the mandate on healthcare workers.
I am opposed to these mandates and believe healthcare decisions should be made between individuals and their healthcare providers.
Under Florida law, employers must provide employees and contractors with the opportunity to appeal vaccine requirements under legal exceptions where an individual has a disability or other health condition that makes it unsafe to be vaccinated or a sincerely held religious belief. Florida employees can choose to be exempt from private employer vaccine mandates for:
- Medical Exemption from COVID-19 Vaccination
- Religious Exemption from COVID-19 Vaccination
- Exemption from COVID-19 Vaccination Based on COVID-19 Immunity
- Exemption from COVID-19 Vaccination Based on Periodic Testing
- Exemption from COVID-19 Vaccination Based on Employer-Provided Personal Protective Equipment
If a Florida employer does not accept an employee's properly completed exemption form, violations can be reported to Florida's Attorney General. The Attorney General has the authority to impose fines for such violations:
- Up to $10,000 for private entities employing less than 100 people
- Up to $50,000 for private entities employing 100 people or more
Florida public employers, including educational or governmental institutions, are prohibited from imposing COVID-19 vaccination mandates. Violations for public employers can be reported to the Florida Department of Health through VaxPassFreeFL@FLHealth.gov.
While I am doing everything I can to stop President Biden's federal overreach, my office will also do everything we can to help you if you are concerned about forced vaccination as an employer, member of the military, federal contractor, or private employee. While I cannot guarantee you a favorable outcome, my office will do our best to help you receive a fair and timely response to your concerns.
- Upon your request, I can reach out to the federal agency on your behalf requesting full and fair consideration of your exception appeal.
- Also upon your request, I can also reach out to the agency on your behalf to request that they acknowledge their liability incurred for possible side effects by forcing employees to receive COVID-19 vaccine.
- Additionally, if you would like to file a complaint or comment with OSHA regarding the mandate, you may fill out the below Digital Privacy Release form, and I will make a Congressional inquiry to OSHA on your behalf.
Please include all pertinent information and claim numbers in your correspondence—such as:
- Your address, home phone number and daytime phone number (if different than home) so that we can obtain any additional information from you that might be necessary;
- If applicable, the federal agency you are employed by;
- Copies of any related documents or correspondence that you may have from the agency involved.
The Privacy Act of 1974 (5 U.S.C. § 552a) requires that Members of Congress or their staff have written authorization before they can obtain information about an individual's case.
- COVID19 Vaccine Religious Exemption Form.pdf (400.5 KBs)
- Covid19 Vaccine Medical Exemption Form.pdf (523.1 KBs)
- COVID19 Vaccine Exemption form based on COVID19 immunity.pdf (406.3 KBs)
- COVID 19 Vaccine Exemption Form based on Periodic Testing.pdf (400.5 KBs)
- COVID 19 Vaccine Exemption Form based on Employer provided PPE.pdf (400.3 KBs)