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Dear Mr. ­

Thank you for contacting me concerning the COVID-19 vaccine.

For months, I have called on South Carolinians to strongly consider getting vaccinated.  My wife Peggy and I have been vaccinated and I am confident that the vaccine works.  

Our state’s public health professionals have made all the information about the vaccine available to the public, as well as making the vaccine available to anyone who wants it. 

However, government vaccine mandates are not the answer.  Personal responsibility is the answer.

The decision to get vaccinated is a personal one.  It is wrong and, in many instances, unconstitutional for a government to entice, coerce, intimidate, mandate, or pressure its citizens to take the vaccine.  Doing so only deteriorates the public’s trust and confidence in our vaccination efforts.

Recently, President Biden announced that the federal government will require employers with over 100 employees to require proof of vaccination or a weekly negative COVID-19 test from every employee.  Employers will be fined $14,000 for every violation.  This is clearly an overreach into the powers reserved to the states by the Constitution.  I have vowed that the State of South Carolina will fight this encroachment to the end.

Please know that I will continue to encourage South Carolinians to consider getting vaccinated – while defending their right to make the decision themselves.  I hope that you find this information helpful.

If I may be of any future assistance to you or yours, please do not hesitate to contact me.   

Yours very truly,

Henry McMaster