ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — As COVID-19 infections and hospitalizations surge across much of Florida, the Orange County tax collector has told his employees to get vaccinated by the end of August, or find a new job.
Tax Collector Scott Randolph said Monday that he’d been considering the new policy for weeks for his workforce of 316. He says the agency that collects property taxes, processes auto titles and issues driver’s licenses can’t be shut down.
Local governments have started implementing safety protocols that were nullified in a May 3 executive order issued by Gov. Ron DeSantis.
The positivity rate for the virus in the county of 1.4 million residents has tripled to 14% from about 4.3% a month ago.