GOP Governors Push Back on CDC Over New Mask Guidance

(USA Features) Several Republican governors are dismissing the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s newest guidelines that include Americans who have been vaccinated for COVID-19, with most saying the instruction does not comport with available scientific data.

The CDC’s guidance mostly applies to areas of the country where new infections from the new Delta variant. CDC Director Rochelle Walensky admitted that Americans are “tired and frustrated” by the pandemic, but that “mask-wearing is needed in some areas. Several federal agencies and the White House have since mandated face coverings among employees,” The Epoch Times reported.

“The CDC’s new guidance suggesting that vaccinated people wear masks indoors flies in the face of the public health goals that should guide the agency’s decision making,” said Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts in a statement after the CDC’s updated guidance was released Tuesday.

“The State of Nebraska will not be adopting their mask guidance,” he added.

Other Republican governors sounded off as well.

“The CDC shifts their position AGAIN,” Republican South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem noted on Twitter.

“South Dakota’s cases remain low. If you’re worried about the virus, you’re free to get vaccinated, wear a mask, or stay home,” she added.

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“But we won’t be mandating anything. And the CDC’s inconsistency doesn’t help the American people.”

Also, Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds stated that she believes the agency’s latest mask update is “not grounded in reality or common sense.”

“I’m concerned that this guidance will be used as a vehicle to mandate masks in states and schools across the country, something I do not support,” Reynolds stated.

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey announced that “health officials in Arizona and across the country have made it clear that the best protection against COVID-19 is the vaccine.”

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“Today’s announcement by the CDC will unfortunately only diminish confidence in the vaccine and create more challenges for public health officials—people who have worked tirelessly to increase vaccination rates,” Ducey’s statement continued.

Other GOP governors also pushed back on the new guidance.

“Gov. Abbott has been clear that the time for government mandating of masks is over—now is the time for personal responsibility,” Texas Gov. Greg Abbott’s office said Tuesday in a statement.

“Every Texan has the right to choose whether they will wear a mask, or have their children wear masks.”

At the same time, a number of Republican governors including Kay Ivey in Alabama and Mike Parsons in Missouri are encouraging their citizens to get vaccinated anyway.

Some are offering cash and gifts to convince them to take the shot as well.