STATEMENT: Leon County Government’s Workforce Vaccinated Against COVID-19

Tuesday, October 12, 2021 | 

Statement from the County Administrator:
County Responds to Media Reports About FDOH Fines

Leon County was made aware of a notice from the Florida Department of Health regarding the County’s vaccination requirement. The County strongly contends that our employee vaccination requirement was not only completely legally justifiable, but it was a necessary and responsible action to take to keep our employees safe, protect the public, and ensure our readiness as a frontline response organization.

Every single day over the last 20 months of combating the pandemic, Leon County’s emergency response and mitigation efforts have been informed by expert public health guidance and in alignment with a plain reading of the law to ensure the safety of our community. The Governor’s position in this instance unfortunately appears to be less of a public health strategy and more about political strategy. Leon County fully intends to enforce its rights using any remedies available to settle all arguments about the applicability of the statute at issue so that we can continue to direct our full and undivided attention on combating the virus, protecting our employees and citizens, and fulfilling our obligations to our community.

 

Vincent S. Long
Leon County Administrator

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