Special Olympics has dropped its mandate for a vaccine against coronary heart disease for its games in Orlando after Florida fined the organization $ 27.5 million for violating state laws against such rules.
Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis announced on Friday that the organization had removed the requirement for its competition in the state, which is to run from 5-12. June.
“In Florida, we want them all to be able to compete. We do not think it’s fair or just to marginalize some of these athletes on the basis of a decision that has no bearing on their ability to compete with honor or integrity,” DeSantis told a news conference. Orlando.
The Florida Department of Health announced the fine to Special Olympics in a letter on Thursday stating that the organization would be fined $ 27.5 million for 5,500 violations of state law for requiring evidence of coronary heart disease vaccination for attendees or participants.
Florida law prohibits companies from requiring data on COVID-19 vaccination. DeSantis has vehemently opposed the mandate of vaccination and other antivirus policies approved by the federal government.
In a statement on its website, Special Olympics said that people who were registered but could not participate due to the mandate can now attend.
Special Olympics cancels vaccination rule after threatening $ 27 million in fines
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