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Will Florida Give Police Officers a $5,000 Incentive Check?

Earlier this year, Florida passed a bill that $1,000 Thank You Bonuses to educators and administrators across the state. Governor Ron DeSantis announced that the state would begin a program that $5,000 check to the police who want to move to Florida, especially aimed at those who try evade vaccine requirements.

In an interview with Fox News, Governor Ron DeSantis said his state is currently “actively recruiting law enforcement officers from out of state.” Speaking directly to law enforcement in other states where vaccine mandates have been implemented, DeSantis said, “NYPD, Minneapolis, Seattle if you’re not treated properly, we will treat you better here. You can fulfill important needs for us and we will compensate you for that.”

Interested in a possible presidential run in 2024, DeSantis has been aiming it at the administration, and Democrats for Vaccine Mandate Implementation, a common conservative topic of conversation. During the interview, he also said that there is a “scientific basisfor his claim that most first responders have contracted Covid-19 and believe their natural immunity will protect them. However, recent peer-reviewed studies show that the protection provided by vaccines offers a higher level of protection and the period one is protected against the virus.

The Impact of Covid-19 on Police in the United States

At a recent White House press conference in October, Press Secretary Jen Psaki was asked why the administration is in favor of vaccine mandates for law enforcement in military officials.

The reporter argued that many police and military officials say they will quit their jobs if they are forced to get the vaccine. Psaki responded by asking the reporter if he knew the leading cause of death among police officers in 2020. The answer: COVID-19. Psaki argues that this fact highlights the ongoing risk of Covid-19 to police and others first responders as well as the audience they interact with.

By October 7, more than ninety-two percent of active-duty military officials had received at least one dose of a vaccine. Many cities, including those named by Government DeSantis, have reported high vaccination rates. In Seattle, 92 percent of police officers were fully vaccinated, and in New York City, this percentage has reached seventy-four percent. While not as high as Seattle, it has increased since the mandate came into effect.

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