Orange, Osceola county firefighters rally against vaccine mandates

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Firefighters from Orange and Osceola counties on Monday defended their position against the federal COVID-19 mandate to state lawmakers.

Right now, four bills surrounding COVID-19 are in play. The biggest of the issues is about vaccine mandates imposed by the federal government.

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Sen. Danny Burgess introduced his bill to reject COVID-19 vaccine mandates.

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Firefighters from around the state rallied Monday morning in support of the governor’s special session, and spoke in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee taking up the bills.

They said they are not against the vaccines, just the mandate.

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Gov. Ron DeSantis called the special session after Orange County Battalion Chief Stephen Davis was fired for not writing up firefighters who did not comply with a local vaccine mandate in Orange County.

Davis is expected to speak Tuesday at the capitol.

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