Gov. Mike Dunleavy joined the growing chorus, both in Alaska and across the nation, of political leaders who oppose President Joe Biden’s recently revealed plan to mandate COVID shots for tens of millions of Americans – both in the public and private sectors.
On Sept. 9, Biden announced a sweeping proposal to coerce some 80 million Americans who have declined to get a COVID jab. The president now wants to mandate COVID shots for all federal employees and contractors, while also threatening businesses with fines unless they force employees to either submit to vaccinations or weekly tests.
Dunleavy’s Sept. 10 statement begins by extolling the benefits of COVID shots.
“It is clear from the data and empirical evidence over the last year that the vaccine is the most effective way to fight Covid 19,” Dunleavy states. “From what we are seeing in our hospitals, the very ill are mostly those who are unvaccinated. As Governor, and as someone who had Covid and has been vaccinated, I will continue to recommend that Alaskans speak to their healthcare providers and discuss the merits of the vaccine based on their individual healthcare needs.”
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Despite the governor’s enthusiasm for COVID shots, he expressed dismay with Biden’s mandate plan.
“With that said, President Biden’s attempt to force vaccinations is ill conceived, divisive, and unamerican,” Dunleavy said. “At a time in which we are called to work together, forced medical procedures run counter to our collective sense of fairness and liberty. My administration is aggressively identifying every tool at our disposal to protect the inherent individual rights of all Alaskans.”