Oklahoma National Guard rejects federal vaccine mandate

The Oklahoma National Guard rejected the Department of Defense’s vaccine mandate Thursday, telling the troops they will not be penalized or punished for not getting vaccinated against COVID-19.

The order handed down from Brig. Gen. Thomas Mancino, who was appointed earlier this week by Oklahoma’s Republican Gov. Kevin Stitt, is in contrast to the prior adjutant who had advocated for all soldiers and airmen to be vaccinated. However, a spokeswoman for the governor told the Associated Press that the change in leadership had nothing to do with the mandate.

Stitt, who is against a federal
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