In a recent development, the State of Florida has recently lost federal funding as a result of choosing not to require COVID vaccinations for healthcare workers.
This is just one example of how states which choose not to enforce federal vaccination laws can face serious consequences. In this article, we’ll take a closer look at the details regarding Florida’s decision and what it means for the future of this state, and how other governors that followed Ron DeSantis’s example could find themselves in a similar position.
Why Healthcare Workers Should Be Vaccinated Against COVID-19
Florida has a substantial number of unvaccinated healthcare workers in the country, which is why it’s an important issue in the state. Why are so many healthcare workers still unvaccinated? It’s because current state policy doesn’t require them to be vaccinated.
While Floridians have mixed feelings about it, the Federal government isn’t happy. To that effect, Uncle Sam is showing his displeasure by withholding over a million dollars of dollars in federal funding from the State of Florida.
State and Federal policy aside, Florida healthcare workers should be vaccinated. Healthcare workers that aren’t vaccinated put Florida citizens at risk. Imagine being sick with a compromised immune system and getting infected with COVID-19 because a healthcare worker in your hospital wasn’t vaccinated.
The longer vaccinations aren’t a requirement for healthcare workers throughout the state, the more common this scenario will become. It’s important to remember that healthcare workers share a responsibility to ensure the health and wellness of the patients they serve. Being unvaccinated doesn’t do patients any favors, in fact, it puts them at risk.
Why Did Florida Lose so Much Federal Funding?
One of the main reasons that Florida lost over a million dollars in Federal funding is because the state chose not to enforce a rule that would require healthcare workers to be vaccinated against COVID-19. More specifically, Governor, Ron DeSantis initiated policies that were in direct conflict with federal mandates for vaccination.
While it’s difficult to determine exactly what the Federal government could choose to stop funding next, one can be reasonably sure that it will be something big.
In order to put the pressure on in an effort to get the Governor to take COVID-19 more seriously, the Federal government could start to withhold funding for increasingly more important programs as it ups the ante while losing its patience with state policy.
How Will This Impact Florida?
The impact of Florida losing Federal funding over the Governor’s refusal to encourage healthcare workers to get vaccinated against COVID-19 via mandate will be far-reaching indeed.
Federal funding helps Florida in countless ways and injects a great deal of money into the state. The people of Florida may feel the pinch as the Federal government puts the squeeze on the state in response to the Governor’s policies.
What is the Future of COVID in Florida?
The future of COVID in Florida remains unclear. While the state has ruled out enforcing COVID vaccination, its position could change the law in the future.
It’s possible that, if the state faces more outbreaks as a result of this decision, the law could be changed. It’s also possible that the state could lose more federal funding over its refusal to enforce a vaccination rule for healthcare workers in the future.
One thing that is for certain is that with fewer vaccinations, there will be more cases of COVID-19 throughout the state. By neglecting to enact a rule to require healthcare workers among others to get vaccinated against the virus, the number of COVID cases is bound to increase.
Ron DeSantis Digs in and Defies Enforce COVID Vaccination Recommendations
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has confirmed that he will not enforce COVID vaccination rules for healthcare workers. The governor’s stance on COVID-19 vaccinations is at odds with Federal policy as he is determined to defy President Joe Biden.
While the Governor has justified his position on the basis that he is averse to enforcing COVID vaccinations in an effort to preserve the personal freedom of his citizens, the stats don’t look good. Presently, Florida has the highest COVID-19 death rate in the United States. This should be a wake-up call for anyone in the state who hasn’t gotten vaccinated, especially healthcare workers.
Why Florida Could Lose More Federal Funding
One of the main reasons that Florida lost funding over COVID is because the state chose not to enforce the rule for healthcare workers. As a result, it remains to be seen what will happen next. It’s possible that the state will lose more funding over the decision.
The state should remember that it could lose more funding in the future should it continue to dismiss the importance of COVID vaccinations.
Requiring healthcare workers to be vaccinated against COVID-19 would have a number of benefits, including a reduction in illness and healthcare costs.
The state could see an increase in the number of healthcare workers who are vaccinated against COVID-19 by mandating that they receive the vaccine instead of having no requirement whatsoever. This would ensure that the people of Florida will be safe and the state would no longer be at risk of losing more Federal funding in the future.
The Battle Continues
The battle between Governer DeSantis and President Joe Biden rages on as Mr. DeSantis stands firmly by his policies. Although Florida as a state is not exactly wholly dependent on Federal funding, the loss of that funding or any further reductions thereof will still have a significant impact on its citizens.
The longer Florida healthcare workers remain practically exempt from vaccination requirements, the more damage will be done throughout the state as the number of COVID cases continues to increase.
Floridians who have been on the fence about getting vaccinated should take the Federal government’s recent action against the state in retaliation for resisting its mandate into consideration. The lines are no longer blurred, the only side worth being on is the right side and the right side is the vaccinated side. When more people get vaccinated, we all win.