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Georgia Republicans oppose federal vaccine mandate for schools

Georgia’s Republican members of the U.S. House of Representatives are united in opposition to a federally-imposed vaccine mandate for colleges and schools.

In a letter to U.S. Education Secretary Miguel Cardona, the delegation made clear that decisions regarding mask adherence and vaccine adoption should be left to patients, families, and their doctors.

“The pandemic has upended students’ lives and the federal government meddling in these decisions will only bring more strife and division,” said U.S. Representative Earl L. “Buddy” Carter (R-Pooler) who led the effort.  “Georgia’s approach has worked for us.  We don’t need Washington inserting itself in how we administer education in our state.”

In addition to opposing a vaccine mandate, the delegation’s letter lauds the State of Georgia’s approach to responding to the pandemic.

“States like Georgia have led the way in protecting lives and livelihoods through a thoughtful, balanced approach,” it reads.  “Since the beginning of the pandemic, Georgia has prioritized a safe reopening of schools while maintaining individual freedom and protecting patient privacy.”

It goes on to highlight Georgia’s vaccine distribution and availability as well as the potential for natural immunity.

“In Georgia, over 5.8 million individuals have received at least one COVID-19 vaccination dose as of October 1st. Moreover, millions more Georgian’s likely have natural immunity from COVID-19.  The State of Georgia, and Governor Brian P. Kemp, have ensured vaccinations are easily accessible for those who desire one.”

Joining Carter in signing the letter were U.S. Representatives Rick W. Allen, Austin Scott, Drew Ferguson, Barry Loudermilk, Marjorie Taylor Greene, Andrew Clyde, and Jody Hice.

The text of the letter can be found here.