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Leon Co. Commissioners vote unanimously to settle with state over vaccine mandate fines

Leon County
Posted at 10:01 PM, Dec 14, 2021
and last updated 2021-12-21 17:44:46-05

LEON COUNTY, Fla. (WTXL) — UPDATE: On Dec. 21, Leon County Administrator Vincent S. Long announced that the county executed a settlement with the State of Florida that will dismiss the state’s $3.5 million fine on Leon County for requiring employee vaccinations.

The full settlement agreement can be read below:

The Leon County Board of County Commissioners voted unanimously Tuesday night to accept a settlement agreement from the State of Florida over the fines levied from the County's vaccine mandate.

Leon County had been facing more than $3.5 million in fines from the Florida Department of Health after allegedly violating statutes and ultimately firing employees for not getting the COVID-19 vaccine.

The terms of the settlement agreement are as follows:

  • The county would have to validate and confirm in writing that consistent with the new law passed in special session in November that the county has rescinded its vaccine mandate policy.
  • The 14 employees that were terminated for not complying with the vaccine mandate must be considered as any other candidate if they choose to apply for a job with the County again. Their vaccination status and the fact that they did not comply can not be used against them.

No monetary penalties or fines came with the settlement agreement with the state.