Vaccine and Press Conference

Gov. Kay Ivey received a Covid-19 vaccine and held a press conference at Baptist Hospital Monday, December 21, 2020 in Montgomery, Ala. RN Donna Pugh administered the governor’s vaccine. Alabama State Health Officer Dr. Scott Harris and State Chief Medical Officer Dr. Mary McIntyre received the vaccine and joined the governor during her brief media availability. (Governor's Office/Hal Yeager)

Below is Alabama Governor Kay Ivey response to President Biden's new COVID 19 vaccine mandates 

Following President Biden’s remarks announcing overreaching mandates this afternoon, Governor Ivey issued the following statement:

“Once again, President Biden has missed the mark. His outrageous, overreaching mandates will no doubt be challenged in the courts. Placing more burdens on both employers and employees during a pandemic with the rising inflation rates and lingering labor shortages is totally unacceptable.  

“Alabamians have stepped up by rolling up their sleeves to get the covid-19 vaccine, increasing our doses administered significantly in recent weeks. We have done so without mandates from Washington D.C. or Montgomery. I’ve made it abundantly clear: I support the science and encourage folks taking the vaccine. However, I am absolutely against a government mandate on the vaccine, which is why I signed the vaccine passport ban into law here in Alabama. This is not the role of the government. 

“I continue encouraging any Alabamian who can, to get the covid-19 vaccine. We have a safe and effective tool at our fingertips, so, let’s roll up our sleeves and get this thing beat.” – Governor Kay Ivey

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