Ron DeSantis has said that the state will not enforce the mandate. DeSantis also signed a law in November and Florida law also requires employers who make workers receive the COVID vaccine to provide the exemptions outlined by the Florida Department of Health rule. But we don't want to conflict with the state government either, said Mary Mayhew, president and CEO of the Florida Hospital Association. Hospitals in South Florida and Treasure Coast have already encouraged vaccination among staff.
Amid a COVID-19 surge driven by the omicron variant, Florida hospitals and health systems must navigate conflicting positions at the federal and state levels regarding vaccination mandates. HCA Healthcare's West Florida Division hospitals have always encouraged their colleagues to get vaccinated against COVID-19 and have made vaccines available.