Republicans in New Hampshire are putting $27 million in federal vaccine funds on hold over President Biden’s vaccine mandate. GOP members on the Fiscal Committee fear they could be coerced into supporting the federal requirement that businesses with more than 100 employees mandate vaccinations or regular testing.
Committee Chairman Ken Weyler questioned Department of Health and Human Services Commissioner Lori Shibinette about statistics showing 90% of hospitalized COVID patients are unvaccinated. “Well people I’m hearing from that are working in emergency rooms, saying that 90% of those admitted had the shot,” Weyler told Shibinette.
Commissioner Shibinette quickly denied that claim, saying, “That is incorrect, and that’s misinformation… I have no idea why someone would say that, but that is incorrect… And that is the problem that we are having increasing our vaccination rate, is spreading misinformation about the COVID vaccine.”
Governor Chris Sununu issued a statement in support of Commissioner Shibinette and using the federal funds, saying “As elected officials, we must hold ourselves to the highest standards and we absolutely cannot contribute to the spread of misinformation — it is dangerous and wrong.”
New Hampshire Attorney General John Formella is signing onto a letter along with 23 other states to threaten legal action over President Biden’s vaccine mandate. “If the federal government can promulgate regulations that regulate the general health and safety of the population, the federal government can do almost anything,” said Formella. Governor Sununu is supporting Formella’s reasoning.
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- There have been more than 42.02 million coronavirus cases in the United States, according to the Johns Hopkins University tally.
- The U.S. death toll has surpassed 672,900 people, according to Johns Hopkins.
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