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Kemp again warns against federal vaccine mandates, says COVID cases are dropping

- By Tim Darnell This story is available through a news partnershi­p with Capitol Beat News Service, a project of the Georgia Press Educationa­l Foundation.

ATLANTA — Gov. Brian Kemp doubled down Thursday, Sept. 30, on his opposition to any federal mandates requiring Americans to get vaccinated against COVID-19.

“This would be a massive federal government overreach,” Kemp said during a news conference updating the status of the virus in Georgia.

The governor touted new state Department of Public

Health figures that, he said, show more than 53% of Georgians are fully vaccinated. He also said more than 64% of Georgians have received at least one shot.

“It’s not just about vaccines anymore,” Kemp said, arguing any Washington, D.C.-mandates would hurt “hardworkin­g Georgians who work for small business, and those small business owners.

“Mandates would impose unnecessar­y, outrageous fines,” Kemp said, adding that he is working with Georgia Attorney General Chris Carr and others to file lawsuits should the White House require vaccines.

As of Thursday, Sept. 30, according to the Georgia Department of Public Health, there have been more than 1.2 million confirmed coronaviru­s cases in Georgia, along with 22,354 deaths and 80,648 hospitaliz­ations since the pandemic began.

Kemp and state Commission­er of Public Health Dr. Kathleen Toomey said hospitaliz­ations in Georgia have dropped by one-third over the last seven days.

Toomey also urged Georgians to get a highly recommende­d booster shot which, she said, can be administer­ed with an annual flu shot.

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