On Thursday, Joe Biden announced a sweeping plan to demand a huge swath of our nation step up and take the Covid-19 shot whether they like it or not – federal employees, workers in companies with more than 100 workers, federally-funded pre-school teachers.

It was the biggest step toward big government control over our personal lives and individual health that we have seen since the founding of our nation.

Healthcare decisions have been – and always will be – between an individual and their physician. At least that has been what Democrats have argued since the 1973 U.S. Supreme Court decision which legalized abortion.

Health policy this intrusive should not be mandated from 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue nor from the Georgia State Capitol.

The reason is simple: every single American, just like every single human that walks the face of this earth, has a unique body with unique health conditions.

And for that reason, I will immediately introduce legislation for the special session of the Georgia General Assembly this fall to prohibit federal officials from imposing vaccine mandates impacting Georgia businesses and workers. And yes, it is our right under the United States Constitution because healthcare policy is not a prerogative of the federal government.

This sweeping power grab by the Biden Administration will put more lives in jeopardy as many will rebel against getting vaccinated. I also trust and admire those who do not want to get a vaccine for their own religious or personal health reasons because they and their doctors know their health conditions and they know what’s best for their bodies.

I am receiving calls from constituents that are pregnant, considering having children shortly and that have a history of heart disease that are hesitant to take the vaccine at this time.

Flu vaccines are not mandatory. Measles vaccines are not mandatory. Shingles vaccines are not mandatory. The reason they are not mandatory is because not every person can handle a vaccine. While I am not anti-vaccine, I do believe in personal choice.

Biden’s mandate makes you question why this Administration is so bent on forcing everyone to get a vaccine when 99 percent of those who contract Covid-19 recover from it.

I contracted Covid in 2020 and was severely ill but never hospitalized. I know it can be deadly serious for many with pre-existing medical conditions or those with weakened immune systems. But instead of forcing those to take something they don’t feel comfortable with, it would be better to educate and encourage healthy lifestyles to boost immunity. Federal policymakers should put more focus on funding Covid treatments instead of using power to instill fear and strangle freedom.

I work with businesses of all sizes, and I can guarantee you this mandate will not be welcomed by any business owner – large or small. We have all had enough of the federal government telling us how to run business let alone now delve into the health of employees.

The sooner someone can file suit to stop this mandate the better. But in the meantime, the Georgia Legislature will soon consider my proposal to make sure Biden’s plan won’t impact our state.

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Beach is a Republican state Senator from District 21 which includes parts of NorthFulton and Cherokee counties. He is executive director of the North Fulton Community Improvement District. He is the former CEO of the Greater North Fulton Chamber of Commerce.

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(7) comments

Jonny

“This sweeping power grab by the Biden Administration will put more lives in jeopardy as many will rebel against getting vaccinated.”

On the one hand, he says people are smart enough to make their own decisions about their health. But on the other hand, he says people are so dumb, they would turn down a life-saving shot just because it’s Biden making them do it. Which is it, Mr. Beach?

Jonny

I hope the sentence that jumps out most to readers of Mr. Beach’s article is this one:

“This sweeping power grab by the Biden Administration will put more lives in jeopardy as many will rebel against getting vaccinated.”

The essential point that he manages to bury in the rest of the article, and even in that sentence, is this: People who refuse to get vaccinated are putting their lives in jeopardy.

DocPiquant

Kind of ironic he accuses Biden of a power grab after what tRump did after he lost the election. Douche bag conservative.

Jonny

I am so disappointed in Brad Raffensberger. By signing this petition that falsely implies there was widespread non-citizen voting in past elections, he is now participating in the erosion of public confidence in our election system, the very system that he defended so strongly to Trump last November as being fair and by the rules here in Georgia. Where has his spine disappeared to?

sldr99mpls

Not getting the vaccine is immoral ,your not being vaccinated can kill others, just like driving drunk.. Yes that would be a choice but that choice , like the vaccine , can kill others thus a law..

DocPiquant

Oh look, another republican lecturing people on morality. Eff off.

Jimmy Nomayo

The US has had vaccine mandates since I was a kid in the 1950's! Mandates protect the public at large which is also your job. You are nothing but a Trump sycophant and thus an idiot.

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