Anchorage Mayor Dave Bronson issued a strong statement in response to President Biden’s Sept. 9 announcement that he was directing the U.S. Labor Department to require all businesses with more than 100 employees to mandate vaccines or conduct weekly testing on the non-vaxed.
“The idea that government would mandate businesses to force personal medical decisions on their employees is flat out wrong and immoral, and beyond the authority of the President,” Bronson stated Sept. 9. “I will not mandate that businesses require their employees to vaccinate.”
Bronson emphasized that Municipality of Anchorage will “not comply with this directive of the President that will invite endless litigation.”
“This is a obvious attempt to shift the national focus from President Biden’s devastating failure in Afghanistan, and we will not violate the privacy and independent healthcare decisions of our citizens in the process,” Bronson added. “The President’s one size fits all approach does not look at the science to getting to natural immunity.”
The mayor maintained that vaccination decisions should be a “personal choice.”
“My administration is committed to fighting COVID-19 and to get Anchorage’s economy back up and running,” he added. “My administration is committed to giving access to Anchorage residents with all the resources and information they need to make informed personal decisions for themselves and their families.”
To date, Bronson’s COVID directives have included the following:
- Asking and receiving authorization from the Anchorage Assembly for $8 million to allow for more testing, vaccinations, and mass care.
- Encouraging people in consultation with their medical provider to consider vaccination.
- Worked with the State of Alaska Department of Health and Social Services and private providers to stand up access to two monoclonal antibody treatment sites.
- Canvassing businesses and community centers to pass out flyers and share information in areas near upcoming pop-up vaccine clinics.
- Conducting in-person and phone outreaches to potential vaccination clinic hosts.
- Sending daily emails to community and media members about vaccination clinics and testing.
- Conducting direct outreach to specific industries as requested (e.g., childcare facilities) with information about prevention strategies, vaccines, testing, and community resources.
- Updating the MOA COVID-19 website to reflect current information on testing, vaccines, prevention strategies, recommendations if someone tests positive, data, language updates, and community resources.
- Distributing radio and digital PSA’s with messages about COVID-19 testing.