Riverside County Sheriff Chad Bianco says that he will not enforce any vaccine mandate for his department, saying that the government has "no authority to mandate your health choices."
In July, California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) issued a public health orderrequiring all state workers — including police officers — to provide proof of vaccination or submit to regular COVID-19 testing. Riverside County has not issued any directives on vaccination requirements for its employees, and now Bianco says that won't happen.
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According to a Wednesday report from Fox News, Bianco — who made headlines in 2020 after refusing to enforce California Gov. Gavin Newsom's COVID-19 stay-at-home order — in a Monday statement said, "Over the past couple of weeks, the idea of forced vaccination has caused much concern across the entire country. I will not enforce the vaccine mandate on Sheriff's Department employees."