Special Olympics drops COVID-19 vaccine requirement after Florida threatens $27.5M in fines

Written by on June 3, 2022

Opponents will not want a COVID-19 vaccine to take part within the Particular Olympics.

The state of Florida and Gov. Ron DeSantis had threatened the Special Olympics with $27.5 million worth of fines over the group’s vaccination necessities.

The Florida Division of Well being despatched a letter – obtained and first reported by ABC Information – to the group this week explaining their intentions to effective them for violating statutes that prohibit companies and charitable organizations in Florida from requiring proof of vaccination to enter. 

Particular Olympics officers rescinded the requirement Thursday in response and launched a press release Friday forward of the Video games in Orlando: 

“Particular Olympics, Inc. (SOI) introduced on June 2, 2022, that it’s lifting the vaccine requirement for delegation members attending the 2022 Particular Olympics USA Video games being held in Orlando, Florida, June 5-12, as required by state of Florida officers on Could 27, based mostly upon the Florida Division of Well being’s interpretation of Florida legislation.”

Delegates who had been registered for the video games however not capable of compete due to the prior vaccine requirement, at the moment are allowed to attend.

“This can be a reduction to lots of the athletes,” DeSantis stated in a press convention Friday afternoon. “There is a important variety of them who had been in limbo up till this week.”

The 2022 USA Games for Special Olympics Worldwide start June 5. 

Contact Analis Bailey at aabailey@usatoday.com or on Twitter @analisbailey.

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