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Marion County not mandating COVID-19 vaccinations

Published: Sep. 16, 2021 at 4:55 PM CDT|Updated: Sep. 16, 2021 at 6:45 PM CDT
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JEFFERSON, Texas (KLTV) - There are a few counties in Texas that say they will not mandate county employees get the COVID-19 vaccine. Marion County is one of them. The Marion County Judge says he is leaving that decision to individuals.

Marion County Judge Leward LaFleur says lately he has been asked the same question by several employees of the county.

“I had a conversation with the sheriff the other morning and he and I both have had some employees asking whether they were going to take the vaccine, and for whatever reason, which it’s none of our business; we said absolutely not. So we decided we needed to go ahead and put a release out that we would not be mandating COVID-19 vaccines for Marion County,” LaFleur said.

The Judge says Marion is not the first county to make a statement like this. In fact, Ellis County passed a resolution in Commissioner’s Court part of which states they “oppose any vaccine mandates proposed by any government or government department”.

Marion County has held several vaccine clinics for those who wanted the COVID-19 vaccine, but the judge says it’s about choice.

“It’s about personal freedoms and liberties that are protected under, not just our constitution, the state of Texas, but the United States Constitution,” LaFleur said.

Marion County has not passed a resolution, but put out a release in response to questions Marion County residents began asking after President Biden made his mandate about COVID-19 vaccines.

“Probably in the next couple of weeks you’re going to see a lot of state AGs filing lawsuits against the federal government because it is a government overreach,” LaFleur said.

Judge LaFleur’s release states “this is not a statement being for or against a vaccine but rather a stance on the government’s authority to mandate it”.

“There’s a reason why the constitution was written the way it was, because congress makes laws. Not the President,” LaFleur said.

“It’s time that people realize that they have rights and freedoms afforded to them by God, not man, written on a piece of paper that is the constitution,” LaFleur said.

Judge LaFleur says if Marion County residents have questions or need help getting a vaccination they can call his office.

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