WICHITA, Kan. (KWCH) – During Monday’s press conference at the White House, Kansas Governor Laura Kelly posed a question about curbing the federal government’s COVID-19 vaccine mandates.
Kansas Governor Laura Kelly, a Democrat, is becoming more forceful in her opposition to President Joe Biden’s COVID-19 vaccine mandates. She released a statement Friday saying it is too late in the coronavirus pandemic to impose them after states tailor solutions to their needs. Kelly criticized the OSHA rule, saying she does not believe the directive is the “correct or most effective solution for Kansas.”
During Monday’s press conference at the White House, a reporter asked Karine Jean-PIerre, the White House chief deputy press secretary, whether Kelly as a Democrat would influence how the Biden administration would respond.
“You have repeatedly pushed back on Republican officials in this context,” the reporter said. “But does such a statement undermine the White House’s message and complicate your ability to convince the public that this is the best policy?”
Jean-Pierre spoke in support of vaccine requirements, saying the White House message is the same for Democrats and Republicans.
“We know the vaccine requirements are working, and we will continue to drive that. I know – we’re going to make sure we get as many people vaccinated as possible. It’s — it’s so important to put this pandemic behind us and get the economy going,” Jean-Pierre said. “And so, that’s — I mean, that’s going to continue to be our message, is to tell everyone we work with, be it a Democrat or a Republican, that this is how we need to move forward to make sure we out of the situation we are in, to get out of this pandemic again.”
In Kelly’s statement released Friday, she said she will “seek a solution that continues to recognize the uniqueness of our state and build on our ongoing efforts to combat a once-in-a-century crisis.”
Currently, the president’s federal vaccine mandate is being held up in the courts. At least 27 states, including Kansas, have filed lawsuits and a federal court has temporarily blocked the mandates from taking effect until matters are settled.
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