House Minority Leader Emily Virgin, D-Norman, is blaming Republicans for the national vaccine mandate announced by President Biden last week.
“Over the last several months, Governor Kevin Stitt and Republicans in the Legislature have remained silent on how to keep our children safe during this pandemic,” Virgin said. “The governor and those same Republicans hamstrung local officials with Senate Bill 658, which stripped school boards and local governments of the ability to implement a policy that protects the lives of children.”
Virgin said lies about the vaccine were also responsible for the recent surge in COVID cases.
“On top of the inaction from the last seven months, Americans have been forced to parse through misinformation and lies pushed by an extremist faction of the Republican Party,” she said. “We have had to do so while Republicans that know better have remained silent out of fear of upsetting their fellow party members.”
Gov. Kevin Stitt’s administration has vowed to fight the vaccine mandates in court.