In September, the Biden administration announced vaccine mandate plans for federal workers, health care staff and large private employers across the country. The regulations haven’t been finalized, but challenges are mounting.

In the Statehouse in Topeka, there are some who seem hellbent on overturning the mandate.

The Topeka Capital-Journal’s Jason Tidd reported in recent days that a “special committee on government overreach and the impact of COVID-19 mandates” will, according to Senate President Ty Masterson, R-Andover, analyze “what it is that the state can or should do around some of the announced overreaches that we’re anticipating.”

The special committee was approved by the legislative coordinating council, which is made up of Republicans and Democrats, but not without debate first.

Senate Minority Leader Dinah Sykes, D-Lenexa, pushed for solutions to ending the pandemic.

“We’ve had 6,000 deaths in Kansas because of COVID,” she said. “I just don’t want this committee to politicize this anymore, we need to have solutions. How do we get out of this and stop having a political debate on this, but how do we actually protect Kansas, keep our economy growing?”

“Appreciate that,” Masterson replied. “Bad news is I don’t think we can make it more political than the Biden administration has made it. I’m with you on solutions.”

Sounds like a lot of bluster, Sen. Masterson.

Other Republicans are calling for a special session to look into what can be done.

We’re not convinced this mandate is an overreach.

The medical community doesn’t seem to agree either. Steve Stites, chief medical officer at The University of Kansas Health System, has been critical of the anti-vaccine-mandate rhetoric.

“Let me stay in my lane, but, by God, you stay in your lane,” Stites said. “And don’t be coming into my lane telling us how to run our hospitals because what you’re really suggesting is we’re willing to support you if you’re willing to let your hospital staff be at risk, and that puts patients at risk.

The editorial advisory board is in favor of vaccine mandates. The scientific community backs them. The greater medical community does, too.

They are the key to ending the pandemic.

We trust the experts here. We think our legislators should, too.

Please put aside the bluster and work to end this pandemic. You can do that by supporting the mandate.

Yes, it’s likely going to create hardships. Yes, it’s going to be difficult, but it’s crucial to ending a pandemic that’s about to turn 2 years old.

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