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Senator Lee working on exemptions to Biden vaccine mandate

Sep 29, 2021, 5:33 PM | Updated: 6:14 pm
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SALT LAKE CITY — Utah Sen. Mike Lee is fighting President Biden’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate from the floor of the U.S. Senate.

Utah’s senior senator says the mandate contradicts the U.S. Constitution, and he has new bills that would allow for personal exemptions.

The senator said his office has received phone calls from 144 Utahns in the past week who are worried they will be fired if they don’t get the vaccine.

Lee: Vaccine mandate dismisses religious beliefs, questions

He quoted studies from Israel that show natural immunity is stronger than the vaccine.

“Millions of Americans may not need to be vaccinated, because they have acquired natural immunity,” he said.

That same study, which was not peer-reviewed, also found that one vaccine dose enhanced protection against COVID-19 for those who previously had the virus. 

Lee argues the mandate dismisses religious beliefs, and any questions people have about the vaccine’s effect on their health. 

Related: Are the Covid-19 vaccines safe? We asked the experts

“A mandate by the Biden administration to be vaccinated against Covid-19 under threat of unemployment will not quell Americans’ concerns. Instead it will likely further erode the little trust that may currently exist.”

On Tuesday he introduced one bill that failed in the senate. But Lee said he will try again, and will talk about it for as long as it takes.

The Biden administration has said a vaccine mandate will stand up in court and is necessary to protect the health of Americans.


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National Resources

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