Nebraska reported 955 cases of covid-19 on Thursday and three new deaths. Just 53.3% of Nebraskans are vaccinated according to Johns Hopkins University.
“President Biden’s misguided plan steers our country down a dangerous path away from states’ rights and the freedom of private businesses to make their own decisions on vaccinations. We stand opposed to this blatant federal overreach,” Gov. Doug Burgum tweeted on Thursday.
“Safe, effective vaccines remain our best tool for preserving hospital capacity and ensuring access to care, but forcing a vaccine mandate on private employers is not the role of the state or federal government,” Burgum continued.
North Dakota reported 615 new cases of covid-19 and four new deaths. Only 43% of North Dakotans are vaccinated against covid-19, the fifth worst rate in the country according to Johns Hopkins University.
“It is not the government’s role to dictate to private businesses what to do. Once again President Biden is demonstrating his complete disregard for individual freedoms and states’ rights. As long as I am governor, there will be no government vaccine mandates in Oklahoma,” Gov. Kevin Stitt tweeted.
“My administration will continue to defend Oklahoma values and fight back against the Biden administration’s federal overreach,” Stitt continued.
Oklahoma reported 2,462 new cases on Thursday and has a seven-day average of 30 deaths. Only 45.3% of people in Oklahoma have been fully vaccinated.
“The American Dream has turned into a nightmare under President Biden and the radical Democrats. They have declared war against capitalism, thumbed their noses at the Constitution, and empowered our enemies abroad,” Gov. Henry McMaster tweeted on Thursday.
“Rest assured, we will fight them to the gates of hell to protect the liberty and livelihood of every South Carolinian,” McMaster continued.
South Carolina reported 3,556 cases of covid-19 on Thursday and 54 deaths. Just 45.5% of people in South Carolina have been fully vaccinated against covid-19, according to Johns Hopkins University.
“South Dakota will stand up to defend freedom. @JoeBiden see you in court,” Gov. Kristi Noem tweeted.
Gov. Noem went on Sean Hannity’s show last night to express her displeasure with the new vaccine mandate.
South Dakota reported 619 new cases of covid-19 on Thursday and two new deaths. Only 50.7% of people in South Dakota are fully vaccinated against covid-19.
“’This is not about freedom’ is a phrase that should never come out of a U.S. President’s mouth,” Gov. Bill Lee tweeted.
“For a fight that requires working together, a lot of cynical and divisive edicts came out of the White House today pitting the vaccinated against the unvaccinated, businesses against employees, and the federal government against states,” Lee continued. “The Constitution won’t allow this power grab, and in the meantime, I will stand up for all Tennesseans.”
“To be clear: the vaccine is the best tool we have to combat the pandemic but heavy-handed mandates are the wrong approach,” Lee tweeted.
Tennessee reported 3,895 new cases of covid-19 on Thursday and 74 deaths. Only 44.2% of people in Tennessee are fully vaccinated.
“Biden’s vaccine mandate is an assault on private businesses. I issued an Executive Order protecting Texans’ right to choose whether they get the COVID vaccine & added it to the special session agenda. Texas is already working to halt this power grab,” Gov. Greg Abbott tweeted.
Texas reported 32,054 new cases of covid-19 on Thursday and 402 new deaths. Just 49.8% of Texans are fully vaccinated against covid-19, according to Johns Hopkins University.
“Getting vaccinated is the single most important thing people can do right now to protect ourselves and our community and reduce the spread of the Delta variant. While we support efforts that encourage vaccinations, we have serious concerns about the legality of the order,” Gov. Spencer Cox tweeted in what was perhaps the most calm and measured negative response from a Republican governor.
Utah reported 2,166 new cases of covid-19 on Thursday and 10 deaths. Just 52% of people in Utah are fully vaccinated against covid-19, the best vaccination rate of all the Republican governors who denounced Biden’s plan on Thursday, but still in the bottom 25 of the 50 states.
“The Biden Administration’s announcement to mandate COVID-19 vaccinations or weekly testing for private businesses is an egregious example of big government overreach. Our Constitution was written and fought for to protect our liberties as American citizens,” Gov. Mark Gordon tweeted on Thursday.
“This administration’s latest pronouncement demonstrates its complete disregard for the rule of law and the freedoms individuals and private companies enjoy under our Constitution. In Wyoming, we believe that government must be held in check,” Gordon continued.
“I have asked the Attorney General to stand prepared to take all actions to oppose this administration’s unconstitutional overreach of executive power. It has no place in America. Not now, and not ever.”
Wyoming reported 533 new cases of covid-19 on Thursday. Just 39.5% of Wyoming residents are fully vaccinated against covid-19, the worst vaccination rate in the entire country, according to Johns Hopkins University.