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Holcomb Opposes COVID-19 Vaccine Mandates By Public Schools, Universities

Brandon Smith
IPB News

Gov. Eric Holcomb said he does not support public schools requiring a COVID-19 vaccination.

His comments come as Indiana University has been under fire from conservatives and government leaders for its decision to mandate the vaccine for students, faculty and staff returning to campus this fall.

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Holcomb said he hopes public institutions follow his lead – he’s not requiring the COVID-19 vaccine for state employees.

“I do support private businesses making that call," Holcomb said. "But not public institutions.”

Holcomb said he still strongly encourages people to get the vaccine. Indiana ranks 36th in the country for the percentage of its population fully vaccinated.

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