Governors oppose military vaccine mandate, fuel misinformation

A group of 21 governors has come out in opposition to the military’s COVID-19 vaccine requirement, claiming that it is making recruitment and retention of service members more difficult. The governor’s letter repeats President Biden’s misleading claim that the pandemic is over to support the end of the mandate. Although the statement is not misinformation, it has fueled a weeklong discussion about the safety and effectiveness of the vaccines, resurfacing myths that they are experimental, dangerous, or ineffective against COVID-19.

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