Gov. McMaster lashes out at federal vaccine mandates, issues executive order

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FILE – In this Thursday, July 15, 2021, file photo, South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster listens as Nephron Pharmaceuticals Corp. CEO Lou Kennedy speaks during the rollout of her new company, Nephron Nitrile, in West Columbia, S.C. In his pursuit of a second full term, McMaster brought in more than $1 million in the most recent fundraising quarter, eclipsing the amount one of his Democratic challengers has raised overall since launching his campaign. McMaster’s third-quarter haul brings his total for the campaign so far to more than $3.5 million, the Republican’s campaign said Friday, Oct. 8. (AP Photo/Meg Kinnard, File)

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (WBTW) — South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster is lashing out over the federal vaccine mandates.

McMaster said it’s wrong that the government is “forcing South Carolinians to choose between a vaccine and their jobs.” He called the mandates “overreach.”

“We have been stunned at the overreach of the Biden administration,” McMaster said Thursday.

McMaster was reacting to an announcement Thursday from the Biden administration that Americans who work at companies with 100 or more employees will need to be vaccinated against COVID-19 by January 4 or get tested weekly.

The regulation is being handled by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson also panned the new OSHA regulation.

“This is garbage,” said Wilson in a statement. “It’s unconstitutional so we will be fighting it. OSHA does not have the authority for this kind of mandate.”

McMaster issued an executive order Thursday to stop cabinet agencies from enforcing or issuing any vaccine mandate. He will also require any agencies to report any communication with the federal government over vaccine mandates.

He also said he will be announcing more actions soon against the mandate on private businesses.

South Carolina has previously joined a lawsuit by Georgia over the mandate for federal contractors.

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