Gainesville, Florida city workers score major court victory against COVID vaccine mandate

City workers in Gainesville, Florida chalked up a victory in the legal system last week after they successfully convinced a judge to rule in their favor with regard to recent COVID-19 vaccine mandates that threatened their careers.

According to Breitbart, a group of Gainesville city employees fought back against threats of termination simply because they, for whatever reason, chose not to take a COVID-19 vaccination shot. A judge issued a temporary injunction against the city’s vaccine mandate, setting up a final legal battle that could have vast implications across the country. 

“I believe we move towards mandating vaccines for our employees so that we can ensure all of our people are healthy, they have a safe workplace, and also for the public,” the Gainesville city commissioner said earlier this year, before announcing that unvaccinated employees risked termination for non-compliance.

But at least 200 Gainesville city employees refused to accept a forced vaccination in order to keep their families fed, and they turned to the court system for help.

The case quickly garnered the attention of Gov. Ron DeSantis’s (R) office, and the office of Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody (R), who quickly filed an amicus brief supporting the claims of the 200 employees.

“Now you have city officials saying they are going to fire employees if they don’t take a vaccine. It is unlawful. It is directly contradicting Florida law,” Moody said.

DeSantis reminded reporters at a recent press conference that government agencies in the state are prohibited from issuing COVID-19 vaccine mandates, based on an executive order he signed earlier in the year preventing such drastic measures.

“So if a government agency in the state of Florida forces a vaccine as a condition of employment, that violates the Florida law,” the Republican governor said at the time.

While the judge’s injunction is temporary, the case could make its way to the state’s high court, which will hopefully put the state government-issued vaccine mandates to rest, once and for all.