In a wave of backlash against President Joe Biden’s recent COVID-19 vaccine mandate, Mississippi joins at least 26 other states in suing in opposition of the mandate, with Gov. Tate Reeves successfully winning an injunction on the mandate from the U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals just days ago.

Mostly composed of Republican-leaning states with vaccination rates on the lower end of the spectrum, this coalition includes Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, West Virginia and Wyoming.

As the White House lists on its website, Biden’s Path Out of the Pandemic COVID-19 action plan has several conditions, some of which have inspired the aforementioned backlash:

• Companies with 100 employees or more must be fully vaccinated by Jan. 4 or submit to weekly testing.
• Healthcare workers, federal workers and contractors who work with the federal government must be fully vaccinated and do not have the option of weekly testing, but federal workers only have until Nov. 22.
• Large concert halls, sports arenas and the like must require proof of vaccination or testing.
• Employers must provide paid time off for vaccination and any post-vaccination side effects.

View the data on those states opposing Biden’s business vaccine mandate, including their vaccine rate and partisan lean:


Gov. Reeves wins first round in challenge to Biden’s vaccine mandate

Mississippi joins other states suing over Biden vaccine mandate

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Nigel Dent, a native of Natchez, is Mississippi Today’s audience journalist. He works as a member of the audience team to engage with readers, create audience-centered resources and distribute Mississippi Today’s news across various digital platforms, including social media and newsletter products.