Tulsa World

Oklahoma reactions

- Gov. Kevin Stitt: jacob.factor@tulsaworld.com

“It is not the government’s role to dictate to private businesses what to do. Once again President Biden is demonstrat­ing his complete disregard for individual freedoms and states’ rights. As long as I am governor, there will be no government vaccine mandates in Oklahoma. My administra­tion will continue to defend Oklahoma values and fight back against the Biden administra­tion’s federal overreach.”

Oklahoma Attorney General John O’Connor:

“We respect the right of Oklahoma businesses and individual­s to make healthcare decisions for themselves and their families. My office will vigorously oppose any attempt by the federal government to mandate vaccines. We are preparing litigation to stand up for our rights and defend the rule of law against the overreach of the federal government.”

Sen. James Lankford:

“My family and I chose to receive a COVID-19 vaccine, and I am grateful for it. Every Oklahoman and American should have that same choice and option. Federal employees and contractor­s, members of our military, health care workers, and everyone else in our nation should be able to choose whether to get vaccinated. Period. The Biden proposal ignores the natural immunity millions of Americans have because they have recovered from COVID and the millions of other Americans that do not want to be forced to take a vaccine for a multitude of personal, religious, and medical reasons.”

Rep. Kevin Hern:

“The federal government has once again oversteppe­d into the lives and livelihood­s of American citizens. Private companies, especially small businesses, are already suffocatin­g under the oppressive restrictio­ns put in place at the start of the public health emergency last year. My colleagues and I have warned of the slow march to socialism for years, and we were called liars for it. Turns out it’s not so much a slow march as it is a sprint. More restrictio­ns, more mandates, more socialist policies are never the answer.”

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