A coalition of 22 states, including Alaska, have formally petitioned the Biden Administration to cease its Covid shot mandate for healthcare workers and all related guidance. Even though the justification for the rushed mandate has disappeared, it remains in force.

The coalition of attorneys general filed a petition under the Administrative Procedures Act requesting the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services take immediate action to repeal its rule, which requires participating healthcare facilities to “develop and implement policies and procedures to ensure that all staff are fully vaccinated for COVID-19.”

“My administration will continue to fight for the right of all Alaskans to make their own choices about medical care without unnecessary intrusion from the government,” said Alaska Governor Mike Dunleavy.

The petition charges that the objective of the Covid mandate is to “coerce the unvaccinated workforce into submission or cause them to lose their livelihoods.”

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services had ordered many healthcare providers to force their employees to take the Covid jab, or risk losing federal Medicare and Medicaid funding. Specifically, the mandate required nearly every employee, volunteer, and third-party contractor working at 15 categories of healthcare facilities to be vaccinated against COVID and to have received at least a first dose of the vaccine prior to Monday, Dec. 6. The agency estimated 10.3 million Americans would be subject to the requirement.

“This kind of overreach into the personal, medical freedoms of the people of Alaska is wrong,” said Attorney General Treg Taylor. “We began the effort to fight this a year ago and will continue working to stop these unconstitutional mandates.”

The petition charges that the objective of the Covid mandate is to “coerce the unvaccinated workforce into submission or cause them to lose their livelihoods.”

“If CMS succeeds in coercing states to enforce the IFR against their own citizens, these healthcare workers will lose their jobs (or not return if they already have), states will lose frontline healthcare workers, providers, suppliers, and services, and America’s most vulnerable populations will lose access to necessary medical care,” the petition adds.

Additionally, the petitioners note that the jab mandate violates the states’ sovereign right to enact and enforce their laws and exercise their police power on matters such as compulsory vaccination and it fundamentally changes the deal under which they agreed to participate in the Medicare and Medicaid programs. 

Attorneys general from Arizona, Louisiana, Montana, and Tennessee led the effort to submit the petition with Alaska joining attorneys general from Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, New Hampshire, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Texas, Utah, Virginia, and Wyoming.

Click here to read the petition to repeal the vaccine mandate and related guidance.

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Alaska joins 22 states urging Biden to halt Covid jab mandate for healthcare workers

Joel Davidson
Joel is Editor-in-Chief of the Alaska Watchman. Joel is an award winning journalist and has been reporting for over 24 years, He is a proud father of 8 children, and lives in Palmer, Alaska.