Arkansas governor accepts vaccine mandates work despite allowing people to opt out

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Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson put a fine line on the issue of vaccine mandates during a conversation with NBC’s Chuck Todd on Sunday.

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to speak on meet the Press, Mr Hutchinson agreed with the premise presented by Mr Todd, who showed the state’s vaccination rate to make his point that vaccine mandates established by large employers in Arkansas had raised jaws in the state.

At the same time, however, he rejected the idea of ​​giving the same mandates to the states or the federal government.


“I accept that” the vaccine mandate pushes more Americans to get the vaccine, Mr Hutchinson replied.

“Let me make it clear that when I say I don’t believe we should be involved in a mandate, I’m referring to a government mandate, whether it’s a federal government mandate or a state government mandate,” he said. to continue.

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The governor then attacked states that had taken steps to prevent private companies from implementing their own Covid-19 guidelines. Although he did not name any politicians or states by name, his remarks were a clear reference to the efforts of Texas Governor Greg Abbott to force companies and other entities in his state to show evidence to workers, customers or others. An executive order was issued from of vaccination.

“I am a defender of the employer’s right to provide a healthy workplace,” the governor said. “As many workers say, you’ll have, ‘I don’t want to work there because it’s not a healthy workplace, because not everyone is going to be vaccinated.’ Employers are in a difficult position. They will have the privilege to make that decision and I support that.”

Mr Hutchinson, a Republican, has not echoed the same skepticism of masks and vaccines that other members of his party, including some with national aspirations, have displayed in recent months, although he has recently The state has allowed a bill to become a law without a signature. Companies need to allow workers to opt out of vaccination mandates.

The talk of such actions is purely political; Like a Texas executive order, Arkansas law will be superseded by action taken at the federal level if a court challenge arises. Republicans who pass such laws still earn political points with their base, however, who see the efforts as a form of resistance to perceived coercive acts by the federal government.

Mr Hutchinson has publicly criticized such efforts at a time when states such as Arkansas are trying to increase the rate at which residents are receiving the Covid-19 vaccine, even as their Other members of his party also describe the vaccine as useless and dangerous.


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