Here is what Gov. Noem, Rep. Johnson and Sen. Thune had to say about the vaccine mandate ruling

Johnson, of Mitchell, called the Supreme Court decision "a win for federalism and individual freedoms"

The Moderna COVID-19 vaccine during the vaccine clinic at the Avera Patient Financial Services building in Mitchell.
Matt Gade / Mitchell Republic

South Dakota state leaders weighed in on the U.S. Supreme Court decision to block President Biden’s vaccine mandate for large employers in the United States.

The court acted after hearing arguments last Friday in the legal fight over temporary mandates issued in November by two federal agencies aimed at increasing U.S. vaccination rates and making workplaces and healthcare settings safer.

In related news, President Joe Biden on Thursday said he will deploy more military health workers to six U.S. states beginning next week, and give Americans free masks and more free tests to tackle the fast-spreading Omicron variant around the country.

Luke Hagen was promoted to editor of the Mitchell Republic in 2014. He has worked for the newspaper since 2008 and has covered sports, outdoors, education, features and breaking news. He can be reached at
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