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The ruling in Oklahoma’s COVID vaccine lawsuit has deep implications for the National Guard

January 6, 2022

From the Task and Purpose website

For more than a month, six states have been butting heads with the federal government over the question of COVID-19 vaccinations for National Guard members, requesting exemptions from the Pentagon’s mandate. On Tuesday, a federal judge struck down a lawsuit filed by Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt (R), siding with Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin III, who has mandated since August 2021 that “mandatory vaccination against coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is necessary to protect the Force and defend the American people.”

Judge Stephen Friot’s ruling found the injunction, filed Dec. 2 by Stitt, Oklahoma Attorney General John M. O’Connor and 16 anonymous members of the Oklahoma Air National Guard, without merit.

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