Like Donald Trump, Ron DeSantis opted to get his COVID-19 vaccine behind closed doors without promoting the treatment to his skeptical followers.
The Florida governor has become a part of the pandemic story. He has pushed away safety recommendations from the CDC and pushed to open businesses faster. And despite the fact that Florida has the 3rd most cases and the 4th most deaths from the illness, DeSantis frequently praises himself for how he’s handled the crisis.
There is severe vaccine skepticism from Republican men who are likely to support DeSantis or Donald Trump. The two men could have done a great deal of good by getting vaccinated on camera. But in the end, both men opted not to do so.
The Florida governor held two public events yesterday. This could have afforded prime opportunity to get his shot on camera. Instead, DeSantis received his Johnson and Johnson shot in private.
When asked in March is he would be willing to get inoculated live, the Republican answered, “I’m not sure we’re going to do it on camera, we’ll see. If you guys want a gun show, maybe we can do it, but probably better off not. We will let you know when I get the jab.”
Today I issued an executive order prohibiting the use of so-called COVID-19 vaccine passports. The Legislature is working on making permanent these protections for Floridians and I look forward to signing them into law soon. Read my EO here – https://t.co/6QwLsLWEWm
— Ron DeSantis (@GovRonDeSantis) April 2, 2021
And despite his willingness to get the shot himself, DeSantis has still railed against the idea of vaccine passports. He said during a recent press conference, “It’s completely unacceptable for either the government or the private sector to impose upon you the requirement that you show proof of vaccine to just simply be able to participate in normal society.”
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Todd Neikirk is a New Jersey based politics and technology writer. His work has been featured in psfk.com, foxsports.com and Pet Lifestyles Magazine. He enjoys sports, politics, technology and spending time at the shore with his family.