A “Ban the Jab” movement to ban Covid-19 and other mRNA vaccines is gaining traction in several Florida counties.
The initiative seeks to influence Gov. Ron DeSantis, a Republican, to halt the distribution and administration of these vaccines statewide. Originally started by Brevard County Republicans, the campaign intensified when the Brevard County Republican Executive Committee (BREC) overwhelmingly passed a resolution in July to ban these vaccines, calling them a “biological and technological weapon “.
The resolution also states that the COVID-19 virus itself is a “biological weapon.” Support for this resolution has since been sought from Republicans at various levels, including state and federal lawmakers, as well as Governor DeSantis.
So far, Republican executive committees in nine Florida counties have approved the resolution, which seeks not only to ban the vaccines but also calls on state Attorney General Ashley Moody to seize all existing supplies for forensic analysis. The resolution, called “Ban the Jab,” was written by psychotherapist Joseph Sansone and has garnered support from local GOP officials in several counties, with Franklin County becoming the ninth to adopt it.
The 83-page resolution cites more than 140 pieces of evidence, which its authors say point to findings by biomedical professionals and others who have concerns about vaccines. In particular, the resolution includes a statement by Francis A. Boyle, professor of international law and human rights lawyer. Boyle, who is credited with writing the Biological Weapons and Anti-Terrorism Act of 1989, calls mRNA vaccines “covids frankenshots” and says they pose an “existentially dangerous” risk to Floridians.
Meanwhile, Governor DeSantis has already taken action against vaccine mandates. Last December, he convinced the Florida Supreme Court to set up a grand jury to investigate the vaccine rollout, and in May, he signed multiple bills targeting medical freedom. Florida Surgeon General Dr. Joseph Ladapo has also been critical of federal mandates for COVID-19 vaccines and other measures.
In a recent tweet, Ladapo urged Americans not to comply with any reinstated mask mandates or bans, calling such policies “terrible” and ineffective.
“What do you call re-imposing mask policies that have been proven ineffective or reinstating lockdowns that are known to cause harm?” Ladapo asked on Twitter/X. “You don’t call it common sense. These terrible policies only work with your cooperation. How about you refuse to participate . . .”
This Ladapo guide comes at a time when educational institutions, healthcare facilities and commercial businesses across the country are reinstating mask requirements. This renewed call for mask mandates is a reaction to the alarmism of the mainstream media and some scientific experts about an alleged increase in sub-variant cases of Covid.
Earlier this week, Atlanta’s Morris Brown College revealed plans to reimpose a mask requirement, despite having no known cases of Covid on campus. Similarly, California-based movie studio Lionsgate initially announced it would reinstate mask mandates for specific offices in Santa Monica. After receiving criticism, Lionsgate reversed the decision, claiming they had managed to control the alleged spread of Covid.
Corporate media outlets have also championed a return to mask mandates this week. CNN published an article last Wednesday suggesting, “It may be time to ditch the Covid masks, some experts say.” A CBS News medical contributor advised Friday that “people over 65 and immunocompromised people should strongly consider masking during flu, RSV and COVID season while in public indoor spaces. And for to everyone else, it all depends on what their risk tolerance is.”
Florida’s surgeon general has been a longtime critic of mask mandates. In March 2022, Ladapo stated that the justifications given to defend mask mandates are “a lie”. “It must stop and people must not believe it,” he warned.
Dr. Ladapo has also opposed vaccine mandates. He worked with Governor Ron DeSantis to position Florida as the first state to advise against Covid vaccines for healthy minors. That recommendation followed the state’s release of a study suggesting the vaccine could pose a greater health risk to young men.
“In Florida alone, there was a 1,700% increase in VAERS reports following the release of the COVID-19 vaccine, compared to a 400% increase in overall vaccine administration during the same period of time,” Florida reported and provided a chart.
“Reports of life-threatening conditions increased by more than 4,400%,” the alert continued. “This is a new increase and was not seen during the 2009 H1N1 flu vaccination campaign. There is a need for additional unbiased research to better understand the short- and long-term effects of COVID-19 vaccines.”
Florida surgeon general calls on US public to ‘refuse to participate’ in mask mandates
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