South Dakota leaders speak out against Biden’s vaccine mandate


SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (KELO) — South Dakota’s top politicians are tweeting out against President Biden’s vaccine mandate that would affect nearly 100 million Americans.

The proposal from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) would require companies with more than 100 employees to mandate vaccines or test weekly for the virus. This would also include health facilities that receive Medicare or Medicaid.

On Thursday Governor Kristi Noem tweeted that if the proposed rule goes into effect, she would be suing President Biden.

Congressman Dusty Johnson tweeted that while he believes in the vaccine, he also believes in a limited federal government.

Senator John Thune shared a similar stance to Johnson saying “I’m vaccinated. I encourage others to get vaccinated. But President Biden’s vaccine mandate is extreme government overreach that South Dakotans won’t stand for.”

Senator Mike Rounds has yet to weigh in on the vaccine mandate.

Currently, South Dakota has a school vaccine mandate (13-28-7.1.) that requires children to be vaccinated against poliomyelitis, diphtheria, pertussis, rubeola, rubella, mumps, tetanus, meningitis, and varicella to attend school or early childhood programs. It does allow for medical and religious exemptions.

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