(The Center Square) – Missouri Gov. Mike Parson said he will meet with the attorney general’s office and legislative leaders this weekend to examine all options to stop President Joe Biden’s “Path out of the Pandemic” plan.
“I think we’re trying to figure out what all our options are, but I’m going to tell you this: All options will be on the table,” Parson said after touring the Metropolitan Employment and Training (MET) Center in St. Louis County. “As we work through it this weekend, we’re going to figure out what is the stopgap to this. You know, we’re not going to be the only state out here having to go through this. There’s going to be many people out there trying to see what it is we can do and what the challenges will be.”
Biden Thursday night announced a six-point pandemic plan with a mandate that employers with 100 employees or more are required to ensure their workers are vaccinated or receive weekly tests for COVID-19. Vaccinations also will be required for all federal workers and contractors. Health care workers in Medicare- and Medicaid-funded hospitals and other health care settings will be required to be vaccinated.
The plan calls for states to adopt vaccine requirements for all school employees. Biden’s plan encourages parents to have their children vaccinated. Parson predicted Biden will soon mandate vaccinations for school children.
“Can a president of the United States really go out there and take your kid and say, ‘I want to put a vaccine in your arm if you’re over 12 years old if you want to go to school?’” Parson asked. “I do not think he has the right to do that whatsoever. I think that is total overreaching of the government to be able to do that. I don’t think anybody in Missouri – wherever the problem is – is going to want that done without the parents having a say in what happens to their children.”
St. Louis County Executive Sam Page, a Democrat who is being sued by Attorney General Eric Schmitt for imposing a mask mandate contrary to a new state law, also toured the MET with Parson. Page, an anesthesiologist, praised the Biden’s aggressive approach.
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