Wagoner County Sheriff Chris Elliott declared yesterday that his office will not require its employees to be vaccinated and that it will not enforce any federal vaccine mandate.
Citing what he called an “overreach” of the federal government, Elliott stated that any mandate was a breach of Americans’ fundamental rights as outlined in the Constitution. He did not mention whether longstanding vaccination mandates for school students were part of that “overreach.”
Several other Oklahoma sheriffs have issued similar statements.
No mandate has been issued from the federal level, although President Joe Biden did say in a speech that a sweeping mandate was coming as COVID-19 and several of its variants surge across the nation.