JUNEAU, Alaska — Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy has joined Texas Gov. Greg Abbott in looking for to dam the U.S. Department of Defense from mandating COVID-19 vaccines for National Guard members who’re below state command.
The Pentagon has required COVID-19 vaccination for all service members, together with the National Guard and Reserve. Attorneys for the 2 governors, in an amended lawsuit dated Tuesday, say that when National Guard members are serving the state, the federal authorities has no command authority. The lawsuit mentioned the mandate is an unconstitutional overstepping of bounds.
The case coping with Alaska and Texas guard members is an amended model of the problem 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 are refusing to be vaccinated for “either religious accommodation needs or otherwise,” in accordance with the lawsuit. About 8% of Alaska Air and Army National Guard members haven’t acquired a primary dose of any COVID-19 vaccine and of those members, “more than 90% have requested a medical or religious exemption, yet no such exemptions have been granted.”
“A small number of additional Alaska National Guard members are refusing any COVID-19 vaccine,” the lawsuit mentioned.
The lawsuit names as defendants President Joe Biden, the Department of Defense and navy officers.
A message looking for remark was despatched after hours to the Department of Justice public affairs workplace.
A federal decide final month dominated towards Oklahoma in its lawsuit difficult the vaccine mandates for the state’s guard members.
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