ORLANDO, Fla. – Dr. Raul Pino, the director of the Florida Division of Wellbeing in Orange County who has been so seen all through the pandemic, is on administrative depart pending an inquiry, the Florida Section of Health and fitness confirmed to News 6 Tuesday.
“As the conclusion to get vaccinated is a individual healthcare selection that should be designed free from coercion and mandates from employers, the staff in dilemma (Pino) has been put on administrative leave, and the Florida Section of Overall health is conducting an inquiry to determine if any legal guidelines were being damaged in this situation,” FDOH press secretary Jeremy Redfern stated in a assertion.
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“The Section is committed to upholding all rules, including the ban on vaccine mandates for federal government employees and will just take correct motion after further details is recognized,” the statement additional.
The overall health division did not offer any specifics into what led to the conclusion.
News 6 reached out to the point out in reference to an email Pino allegedly sent to department staff members encouraging workforce to get a COVID-19 vaccine.
Christina Pushaw, Gov. Ron DeSantis’ spokeswoman, despatched Information 6 a duplicate of the e mail Wednesday which she stated she received from Redfern.
“I have a challenging time knowledge how can we be in public overall health and not exercise it! The causes can be lots of, but so quite a few of us?” the e mail claimed.
In the email, “vaccination data” for 568 division employees in Orange County returned with only 219 two-shot and 77 booster recipients on history, as very well as a scathing rebuke of the very low numbers.
“I am sorry, but at this stage in the absence of realistic and authentic reasons, it is irresponsible no to be vaccinated,” the electronic mail explained. “We have been at this for two yrs, we ended up the very first to give vaccines to the masses, we have performed extra than 300,000 (OC DOH) and we are not even at 50%, pathetic.”
As the wellbeing officer for the Florida Office of Health and fitness in Orange County, Pino has been entrance and centre in supplying the newest updates on COVID-19 and vocal on the