Alaska, Texas governors sue National Guard vaccine rule

Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy has joined Texas Gov. Greg Abbott in an attempt to block the U.S. Department of Defense from imposing COVID-19 vaccines on members of the National Guard who are under state command.

The Pentagon has required COVID-19 vaccination for all service members, including the National Guard and Reserve. Lawyers for the two governors say in an amended trial dated Tuesday that when members of the National Guard serve the state, the federal government has no command authority. The trial said the mandate is an unconstitutional breach of boundaries.

The case of Alaska and Texas guard members is a modified version of the challenge filed by Texas earlier this month.

More than 220 members of the Texas Air National Guard and about 40% of Texas Army National Guard members refuse to be vaccinated for “either religious housing needs or otherwise,” according to the lawsuit. About 8% of Alaska Air and Army National Guard members have not received a first dose of any COVID-19 vaccine, and of those members, “more than 90% have requested a medical or religious exemption, but no such exemptions have been granted. . “

“A small number of additional Alaska National Guard members reject any COVID-19 vaccine,” the lawsuit states.

The trial mentions as defendant President Joe Biden, the Department of Defense and military officials.

The White House referred a journalist seeking comment on the lawsuit to the Department of Defense, which did not immediately respond to an email from the Associated Press.

A federal judge last month ruled Oklahoma in its lawsuit, challenging the vaccine mandates for state guard members.

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