Republican Tudor Dixon strongly rejected mandating coronavirus vaccinations for school children on Tuesday during Michigan’s gubernatorial debate, leading outgoing Governor Gretchen Whitmer (D) to promise that she too would not have need vaccines for students if re-elected.
The debate moderator asked Dixon and Whitmer if they would implement vaccine mandates aligned with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) recent vote to add coronavirus vaccines to its recommended vaccination schedule for children in 2023.
Dixon, who opposes coronavirus lockdowns and mandates, reaffirmed his position in his response, saying, “I want to be very clear on this. It’s a parent’s decision. There will never be a COVID-19 vaccine mandate for children to go to school in a Dixon administration.
Then, putting Whitmer on the spot, Dixon added:
I can’t wait to hear what Gretchen Whitmer has to say because she was pushing the vaccine on people. Remember his program “Vacc to Normal?” You could only recover your liberties and liberties if you had your neighbor vaccinated. She’ll probably push that on your kids. I want you to know that I will never force the COVID-19 vaccine on your children. It’s your choice, and it will always be your choice as long as I’m your governor.
Whitmer, who became famous for imposing strict coronavirus policies in 2020 and 2021, replied, “I don’t support requiring the COVID vaccine for children.
Whitmer then returned to touting the state’s handling of the coronavirus despite Whitmer becoming known for her controversial mandates and recommendations which she herself was caught violating on numerous occasions and despite the Democratic governor receiving a significant return for its policies regarding nursing homes.
Whitmer then accused Dixon of “sowing conspiracy theories” about coronavirus vaccines.
“It’s this kind of madness that endangers people,” Whitmer said. “If she had been governor during COVID, thousands more people would have died.”
Dixon fired back, “If that were true, why would I have gotten the vaccine myself? The governor is once again dishonest, but that’s what you do when you have no policy to enforce, when you’ve killed more old people than almost any other state, when you’ve been said to stop the policy but that you maintained it.
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