Gov. Kelly announces she does not favor Biden’s COVID vaccine mandate

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Published: Nov. 5, 2021 at 9:32 AM CDT
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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - Democratic Governor Laura Kelly announced Friday that she does not favor the Biden administration’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate.

Kelly said she reviewed the mandate Thursday. “While I appreciate the intention to keep people safe, a goal I share, I don’t believe this directive is the correct, or the most effective, solution for Kansas.”

The governor argued that states have been leading the fight against the pandemic from the start.

“It is too late to impose a federal standard now that we have already developed systems and strategies that are tailored for our specific needs,” Kelly continued saying, “I will seek a resolution that continues to recognize the uniqueness of our state and builds on our on-going efforts to combat a once-in-a-century crisis.”

Several Kansas Republicans have voiced their opposition to the new rule that is set to take effect on January 4th.

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