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Gov. Parson bans Biden federal vaccine mandate in Missouri

Missouri Gov. Mike Parson has signed an executive order to prohibit the Biden administration’s vaccination mandate in the state.

“As the governor of the state of Missouri, I stand with concerned Missourians and will do all I can to stop federal COVID-19 vaccine mandates,” Parson said. ” “When President Biden announced his initial plans to force unconstitutional vaccine mandates, we immediately began aligning state resources for legal action. While we hoped the Biden administration would recognize these mandates as the abuse of authority that they are; they have not, and we must now use every tool we have available to fight this federal intrusion.”

Parson argued that the federal government does not hold the authority to require that people receive a COVID-19 vaccine. He called the Biden administration’s attempt to do so a “power grab.”

“The Constitution and its historical interpretations clearly leave public health decisions to the states,” he said. “The federal government has no authority to issue COVID-19 vaccine mandates. The Biden administration acting alone to dictate and mandate health requirements represents the kind of federal power grab the founding fathers warned us against.”

Parson’s executive order adds to a growing number of governors seeking to stop the enforcement of COVID-19 vaccine mandates through executive order. Last week, Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey issued her own executive order against the mandates. Texas Gov. Greg Abbott also signed an executive order banning any entity in Texas from enforcing a COVID-19 vaccine mandate.

Florida’s Ron DeSantis also is among the Republican governors who are joining efforts to oppose the vaccine mandates in their state. DeSantis has called a special session of state lawmakers to consider a bill to oppose mandates in Florida.

–Alan Goforth | Metro Voice

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