President Joe Biden announced new government vaccination requirements on Thursday, requiring all businesses with more than 100 employees to get them vaccinated or tested for the virus on a weekly basis.
Two Sheriffs Disagree To Biden’s Vaccination Mandate
In a recently published article in Local ABC 24, two Arkansas sheriffs oppose the all-out attempt to halt the spread of the COVID-19 delta variant, and have posted messages on Facebook stating that they will not require COVID-19 vaccinations for their workers. Sheriffs Chris Brown of Cleburne County and Tim Ryals of Faulkner County both signed letters and uploaded them on their respective Facebook pages.
Letter Signed by Sheriff Chris Brown and Posted the Day after President Biden’s announcement:
Since March of 2020, we have seen much controversy over COVID, mandates, restrictions, lockdowns, vaccines, and a number of other things. We have watched as this topic has divided families, friends, and coworkers. We have seen an unprecedented amount of division, hate, and contention among Americans. With the rollout of the COVID vaccines, that division has become more and more widened, and the vitriol more intense between those who believe in the vaccines, those who don’t, and those who are undecided.
As law enforcement officers, our first duty and what we swear an oath to, is to support the Constitution of the United States, and the Constitution of the State of Arkansas. It is in that defense and the defense of individual liberty that the Cleburne County Sheriff’s Office has not, and will not mandate the COVID vaccine for any of our employees. Just like with the flu shot, their choice to get vaccinated or not is theirs and theirs alone, and we respect their decisions.
I am not pro-vaccine, and I am not anti-vaccine. I am pro-freedom, and I am for each person’s ability and responsibility to decide for themselves (in conjunction with their doctor) whether or not to get the vaccine.