A bill to limit vaccine mandates for public and private employers in Florida is headed to Gov. Ron DeSantis’ (R) desk after Republicans in the state Senate approved the measure during a special session on Wednesday.

Senate Bill 1 seeks to ban private-sector employers from requiring their employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19 unless they allow at least five specific exemptions to the mandate, including for medical and religious reasons and immunity from a prior COVID-19 infection.

Additionally, the bill would allow employees to opt out of vaccine mandates if they agree to be tested regularly, which the worker would not be financially liable for, and if they agree to use employer-provided personal protective equipment.

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