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A Florida landlord is mandating COVID vaccines for anyone living in his apartment.
Santiago Alvarez, who oversees 1,200 units, made the announcement in August that any new tenants or anyone renewing their leases is required to show proof of vaccination, and any employees of his who refuse to get vaccinated will be fired, The Washington Post reports.
“You don’t want to get vaccinated? You have to move,” Alvarez said. “It’s a lack of consideration for your neighbor, it’s a lack of consideration to their own families, to their children.”
One of his tenants, Jasmine Irby, complained to the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. She moved out when her lease ended in August saying she should be able to renew her lease “without having to disclose my personal health information.”
Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) banned state agencies and local businesses from requiring “vaccine passports,” which will be enforced by the Florida Department of Health and go into effect Sept. 16.
DeSantis’ press secretary, Christina Pushaw, said Alvarez’s policy violates the state’s ban.
“Florida law is very clear. A business owner (landlord) cannot require vaccine passports as a condition of entry. Each violation of the law will result in a $5000 fine,” Pushaw said. “The idea of requiring vaccine passports is unscientific and will not achieve ‘lower cases.’ Without mandates, cases are dropping rapidly in Florida on their own.”
National radio host Todd Starnes questioned Thursday if the landlord would also be discriminating based on sexually transmitted diseases.