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Gov. Holcomb speaks out about federal vaccine mandate

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Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb speaks during a media availability from the Statehouse, Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2021, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

INDIANAPOLIS (Fort Wayne’s NBC and AP) — Indiana's governor issued a response to President Biden's vaccination announcement that will affect private-sector employees, healthcare workers, and federal contractors.

In a statement, Gov. Eric Holcomb says:

“I believe the vaccine is the number one tool that will protect us and our loved ones against COVID-19. It is the tool that will end the pandemic. However, I strongly believe it’s not the state or federal government’s role to issue a vaccine mandate upon citizens and private businesses. This is the approach our administration has taken all along. The announcement from President Biden is a bridge too far. Private businesses should be able to look at their own mission, their staff and their goals and make the decision best for them that will keep their doors open.

I believe it is fundamentally a citizen’s right to choose whether or not to get the vaccine. While I wish everyone would get the vaccine, we are a country built on this exact type of freedom.”

Biden, meanwhile, called some Republican governors “cavalier” on Friday for resisting his call for far-reaching new federal coronavirus vaccine requirements that he hopes will curb the surging delta variant.

“I am so disappointed that particularly some Republican governors have been so cavalier with the health of these kids, so cavalier with the health of their communities,” Biden said during a visit to Brookland Middle School in northeast D.C. “This isn’t a game”

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