States Fight For Right To Say No Concerning COVID-19 Vaccines, Push For Mandate Continues

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As the 2022 midterm elections approach, American citizens must continue to stay informed and educated on their elected officials’ accomplishments and missteps as newer coronavirus laws become even more restrictive.

Officials at the White House are continuing the threatening rhetoric by hinting at the possibility of Covid-19 vaccine mandates as soon as the Food and Drug Administration gives full approval to one or more of the shots.

Months after former President Donald Trump had three new mRNA gene therapeutics approved by the FDA for emergency use against the coronavirus, the CDC and the Biden administration have hit a brick wall in terms of vaccination rates.

Former health officials from the Biden and Obama administrations have already said that the official regulatory sign-off “would remove a significant legal and public relations barrier for businesses and government agencies that want to require vaccinations for their employees and customers,” citing concern over the delta variant.

“I think once the vaccines go through full FDA approval, everything should be on the table, and I think that everything will be on the table at the level of municipalities, states, employers, venues, government agencies,” said Andy Slavitt, who stepped down as President Joe Biden’s Covid response coordinator last month but remains in close contact with administration officials.

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Olivia Sandor, a young incoming freshman, was denied admission to Brigham Young University–Hawaii after the school refused to exempt her from the COVID-19 vaccine requirement despite her suffering from Guillain-Barre syndrome (GBS).

So far, Texas, Florida, Wyoming, Kentucky, and South Carolina are the only states that have enacted legislation prohibiting the use of vaccine passports in order to buy, sell, trade, or work.

Representative Stephen Long stated that the legislation was proposed in response to numerous constituents’ concerns that “vaccine cards” could be introduced. He likened this to a segregated society.

“Taking a vaccine should be a personal, private choice, and requiring ‘vaccine cards’ to board planes, attend school, etc. is a very dangerous idea,” Rep. Long urged.

Following Wyoming’s ban on vaccine passports, Republican Governor Mark Gordon expressed publicly that, “Vaccine passport programs have the potential to politicize a decision that should not be politicized.”

Unfortunately for blue states, California has already begun introducing a new wearable device called the ImmunaBand, which indicates vaccination status and is currently being sold in San Diego. Last week, California reimposed COVID-19 lockdown restrictions, citing a slight increase in infected cases.

Hopefully, through the leadership of trusted elected officials, legislation and reforms can be put in place to protect the individual liberty of those who refuse the jab for medical or religious reasons.


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Darius Ricks has a passion for researching and writing about African-American culture while working toward his Paralegal Studies degree from John Tyler Community College. Ricks strives to write stories that inspire Americans to think freely and openly without fear of judgment. Email : darius@tatumreport.com