Gov. Whitmer, AG Nessel say they support Joe Biden’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate

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Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said Wednesday that she still supports President Joe Biden’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate, clarifying comments she made earlier this month in which she expressed concerns about it.

After a federal appeals court overruled a decision last week that paused a nationwide vaccine mandate for employers of 100 workers or more, 27 Republican-led state governments have come forward with their intent to fight the mandate.

The mandate for full vaccination was originally set to take effect Jan. 4, but the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration has said since the court’s decision that it wouldn’t be issuing citations before Jan. 10.

Whitmer, a Democrat, acknowledged at her year-end roundtable with reporters that some comments she made during a visit to Montcalm County were misunderstood. She said she was trying to…

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