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Oct. 6, 2022, 9:19 PM

Florida’s Ban on Covid Vaccine Passports Upheld by Appeals Court

Mike Leonard
Mike Leonard
Legal Reporter

Florida’s law banning businesses from enforcing Covid-19 vaccine mandates against their customers is constitutional, a divided federal appeals court in Atlanta ruled Thursday, handing a win to Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis, who championed the statute.

The US Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit lifted an injunction against the ban won by Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd., which instituted a vaccine requirement for staff and passengers after the pandemic temporarily crippled the global cruise industry.

Chief Judge William Pryor, writing for the 2-1 majority, described the cruise line’s policy as a discriminatory “invasion of privacy.” He rejected claims ...

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