Governor Ron DeSantis of Florida warned on Monday that any city or county in the state that forces employees to get vaccinated would be fined $5,000.

Earlier this year, DeSantis signed legislation preventing businesses from requiring patrons to show proof of coronavirus vaccination. The governor claimed the rule also applied to local governments attempting to impose vaccine mandates on their staff, National Review reported.

“If a government agency in the state of Florida forces a vaccine as a condition to employment, that violates Florida law, and you will face a $5,000 fine for every single violation,” DeSantis spoke at a news conference in Alachua County on Monday, Sept. 13. “That’s millions and millions of dollars potentially in fines.”

DeSantis said getting vaccinated is a “personal choice about individual health” that should be made by the employees themselves.

“We are gonna stand for the men and women who are serving us, we’re gonna protect Florida jobs, we are not gonna let people be fired because of a vaccine mandate,” DeSantis said.

DeSantis has made it clear that he opposes coronavirus-related mandates, including those for vaccines and masks. In July, the governor also signed an executive order prohibiting school districts from requiring students to wear masks in class, although the order has faced numerous challenges in court.

Employees in some local governments, such as Orange County and the city of Gainesville, are required to get the COVID-19 vaccine, per NBC Miami.

Gainesville spokesperson Shelby Taylor said the city stood by its decision.

“It is our belief that as an employer we retain the right to require vaccination as a condition of employment,” Taylor said in an email.

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