XENIA, Ohio (WDTN) – Gov. Mike DeWine spoke out against President Biden’s vaccine mandates, while others in the Miami Valley have mixed opinions.
In a tweet Friday, DeWine called President Biden’s vaccine mandated a mistake.
During a visit to Xenia Friday, DeWine said that the vaccine is the best tool to prevent the spread of COVID-19, but ultimately, the decision to get it shouldn’t be made by the state or federal government.
Under Biden’s vaccine mandate, all employers with over 100 workers would have to require the vaccine or weekly testing.
“As much as we want people to be vaccinated, I think that is going to make this much more political,” DeWine said. “I think people are going to spend time focused on that fight, and not focused on the science, which clearly tells us that vaccination does work.”
Some in the Miami Valley are siding with the governor on this issue, saying the vaccine is a personal choice.
“I don’t think it’s a good idea, I don’t think he has the right to tell everybody what to do as far as vaccines, or medicines or everyone else,” Jenny Knorr from Miamisburg said. “Everybody screams that my body, my choice thing, but not when it comes to this vaccine.”
While others are supportive of Biden’s mandate, saying they see the vaccine as a way to move past the pandemic.
“I feel like more people should get it,” Stephen Payne from Dayton said. “I don’t know what more proof they need to get this. I mean we just lived through a terrible year and a half, going on two years. So, let’s try to get through this, do the smart thing, get vaccinated.”
DeWine said right now everyone’s focus should be doing what we can to keep kids safe and in school.
“The crowding of our children’s hospitals is something that really should alarm every single Ohioan,” DeWine said.
DeWine said he’s encouraging parents to get their children vaccinated, and for kids who can’t to wear masks in school.