Oklahoma Governor Gov. Kevin Stitt and Brig. Gen. Thomas H. Mancino are telling the Pentagon to go to hell over the Pentagon’s insistence that state’s National Guard personnel submit to a Covid vaccine mandate despite the Covid virus having a 99.7% overall survival rate and increasing evidence that indicates the Covid vaccines do not prevent getting Covid and/or transmitting it to others. (Just this week reports out of the UK showed some 80% of all Covid deaths now involve the “fully vaccinated.”
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Via Yahoo News:
WASHINGTON — A standoff between the governor of Oklahoma and the Pentagon over a coronavirus vaccine mandate for troops has turned into a stormy test of federal power, as President Joe Biden moves to require vaccinations for a broad swath of the American workforce.
Oklahoma’s newly appointed adjutant general for the National Guard, Brig. Gen. Thomas H. Mancino, announced last week on behalf of Gov. Kevin Stitt that guardsmen in the state would not be required to get a COVID-19 vaccine. The policy defies a Pentagon directive issued in August that makes vaccination mandatory for all troops, including the National Guard, by deadlines set by each service branch.
“The order I issued came directly from the governor. That is the lawful order to the men and women of the Oklahoma National Guard,” Mancino said in an interview, adding that he had been vaccinated.
Pentagon officials said Wednesday that failure to follow “valid medical readiness requirements” could “jeopardize” the status of service members, who could face dismissal or other punishment.
The officials insist that Stitt has no legal standing, although experts on the obscure laws governing the National Guard disagree. They note that unless National Guard members are federally deployed, they are under the jurisdiction of the governor of their state and therefore not subject to federal mandates. “Guard members can only serve one boss at a time,” said John Goheen, a spokesperson for the National Guard Association of the United States.
The Pentagon is bracing for other states to follow Oklahoma’s lead. None have so far, but many are believed to be closely watching the situation, which could become the subject of lawsuits. “This could be contagious,” Fidell said.
(It should be noted that the health risks from the Covid vaccine in younger/healthier individuals is actually higher than the risks from the Covid virus itself. These mandates are madness and must be stopped now.)