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A group of 43 employees of the Orange County Fire Rescue Department filed a complaint court case Against Florida county on its mandate on Friday requiring proof of COVID-19 vaccination or routine negative tests.

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The lawsuit, filed in state court, seeks an injunction to block the county mandate, which began to take effect Thursday.

Before the October 31 deadline for a full vaccination, county workers were required to show proof of at least one shot by Thursday.

Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings (D) said those who do not show proof of vaccination will receive a letter of reprimand, but they are in no danger of being fired for violating the order.

Public security personnel, including firefighters, who live without vaccination must submit a COVID testing before each innings.

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“Now, all of a sudden, as a result of the existence of hastily developed experimental vaccines to combat the spread of COVID-19, the plaintiffs are unnecessarily commended for the sacrifices and commendable efforts over the years, and in particular, the last eighteen In months,” Sue said. . The coronavirus vaccines available in the US have all gone through clinical trials. The Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine has received full FDA approval, while shots from Moderna and Johnson & Johnson have received emergency use authorization and the companies are in the process of applying for full approval.

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Gov. Ron DeSantis’s administration argues that the mandate goes against the governor’s order, which took effect on July 1 and banned government entities from implementing the vaccine mandate. The Florida Department of Health sent Demings a letter last week threatening to impose fines if the county enforces its mandate.

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Vaccine mandates with immunization or testing mandates are becoming increasingly common across the United States, for both businesses and local governments. Legal challenges have been unsuccessful, and legal experts point to a long history of mandates involving other vaccines. New York City teachers have filed a last-ditch appeal in the US Supreme Court after lower courts rejected their requests to overturn the city’s vaccine mandate for public school staff, offering an alternative to testing negative. does not do. A similar failed attempt occurred in Massachusetts, where a state court rejected a push by state troops to overturn a vaccine mandate for all executive office workers in the state government. This mandate also does not allow work by submitting negative test results, leading to “dozens” of officers considering resignation, according to the union representing them.

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86%. Demings said Thursday that this is the percentage of Orange County workers who have received at least one shot of the Covid-19 vaccine.

Massachusetts police union claims ‘dozens’ have skipped vaccine mandate, but state police say only one has left (Businesshala)

90% of NYC school staff vaccinated before mandate took effect, says de Blasio (Businesshala)

DeSantis administration threatens to fine Orange County for vaccine mandate (Orlando Sentinel)