Gov. Holcomb releases response to Biden admin’s vaccine mandate

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INDIANAPOLIS (WTWO/WAWV) — Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb released a statement Friday in response to Pres. Joe Biden’s recent announcement to mandate the COVID-19 vaccine for employers with more than 100 staff members.

In the first half of the statement, Holcomb expressed support for the COVID-19 vaccine.

“I believe the vaccine is the number one tool that will protect us and our loved ones against COVID-19,” Holcomb said. “It is the tool that will end the pandemic.”

However, in the second half of the statement Holcomb went on to condemn Biden for overstepping his boundaries.

“However, I strongly believe it’s not the state or federal government’s role to issue a vaccine mandate upon citizens and private businesses,” Holcomb added. “This is the approach our administration has taken all along. The announcement from President Biden is a bridge too far.”

Holcomb then went on to defend the rights of private businesses.

“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,” he said. “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.”

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