By Faye Gaston
On October 25, 2021, Alabama Governor Kay Ivey announced that she had directed state agencies to defy President Joe Biden's experimental COVID-19 vaccine mandate. She said, "I signed the executive order forbidding executive branch agencies (such as Medicaid, Mental Health and Human Resources) from penalizing employees and businesses for non-compliance with the federal vaccine mandate.
The federal government's outrageous overreach has simply given us no other option but to begin taking action, which is why I am issuing this executive order to fight these egregious COVID-19 vaccine mandates. Alabamians---and Americans alike---should and must have the choice to roll up their sleeves and get this shot and certainly not be forced by the government.
While President Biden laughs at the idea of protecting your freedom, I will continue fighting for Alabama businesses and their employees. I am adamantly opposed to federal mandates related to the COVID-19 vaccine and adamantly opposed to state mandates related to the COVID-19 vaccine, plain and simple.
As long as I am your governor, the State of Alabama is making our position on this issue crystal clear. A state law in response to President Biden is not enough. The courts are where this will be resolved. Today is one step in this fight, but certainly not the last." She also stated to the Mobile area Chamber of Commerce, "We'll win this in court." Additionally, the Attorney General's Office continues to prepare its lawsuit to challenge the federal government's federal-contractor vaccination mandate and will seek an immediate injunction.
Alabama's U.S. Senator Tommy Tuberville states that these mandates would have negative effects on national security. More than 5,000 federal employees in Alabama support the Department of Defense.
A poll was taken on October 16-18, 2021, showed that 65% of the respondents in Alabama oppose mandates for mandatory experimental COVID-19 vaccines. CDC showed recently that Alabama had fully vaccinated only 35.2% of the adult population. This was the second-lowest number in the states.
The backlash against the mandates has been swift. As of September 11, 2021, twenty-eight states are pushing back against federal vaccine mandates. The Republican National Committee announced it would sue the Biden administration for the "unconstitutional mandate." The U.S. Food and Administration (FDA) announced that the current vaccine remains authorized under emergency experimental use, but the fully approved vaccine is unavailable.
Stuart Bramhall stated, "The COVID-19 vaccine is too new, too dangerous. We don't know the long-term effects. You're gambling with your life if you take it, but take it if you feel you need to take it. Do what you feel is right. But don't force people to take something that's experimental and has NO long-term studies to prove it's effective or safe."
On September 9, 2021, President Biden issued an executive order mandating all U.S. private companies with 100 or more employees to require COVID-19 vaccines or weekly testing by December 8, 2021, or face federal fines up to $14,000 per violation. This requires all federal employees and federal contractors to get shots.
Persons who have had COVID-19 and have antibodies immunity to the virus are not exempt. However, postal workers and members of Congress, and their staff are exempt from the mandate to take the vaccine.