Arkansas gov. urges COVID vaccines, but opposes federal mandate: People ‘offer more resistance’ to mandates


Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson said he is opposed to a federal mandate of the COVID-19 vaccine, despite his state ranking in the bottom 10 for reported vaccinations. On “America’s Newsroom,” Monday, Hutchinson argued that people tend to offer more resistance to vaccines when they’re being required by the government and explained that he is, instead, promoting vaccines through education and “common sense.” 

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GOV. HUTCHINSON: People buck up. They offer more resistance if the governments tell them, ‘this is what you have to do.’ We’re making great progress through medical information, trusted advisers. I had community town hall meetings, and we gradually increased those vaccination rates. We continue to do it, but it’s harder whenever you have the debate about the mandate. And so we oppose a federal mandate. 

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This is the first time in history they’ve had this heavy federal government come in and tell the states what to do. Every state might be different. For Arkansas, we’re using education, common sense and driving those numbers up. And people take it seriously. Whenever you see the risk, that increases our vaccination rate. I think the omicron variant is just another warning. Let’s get this done, and let’s don’t delay.

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