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Some county sheriffs say they won’t enforce Biden’s vaccine mandate

Three coastal South Carolina sheriff’s offices, including Berkeley County sheriff Duane Lewis, said they will not enforce the Biden administration’s vaccine mandate, which calls for employers with more than 100 workers ensure employees are vaccinated against COVID-19 or tested weekly.

Other county sheriffs who say they will not enforce the mandate include Georgetown County Sheriff Carter Weaver and Horry County Sheriff Phillip E. Thompson.

“I respect the rights of citizens and their ability to make healthcare choices that are best for them and their loved ones,”  Weaver posted on Facebook. “There is a delicate balance between freedom and fear, and government must take every measure possible to ensure that the rights of its people are not infringed upon in achieving said balance.”

The South Carolina Sheriffs’ Association said in a press release the General Assembly determines the duties of sheriffs and no state law mandating vaccines has been passed. Gov. Henry McMaster has said he has no plans to enforce Biden’s mandate at the state level, going as far as to say he would fight the measure “to the gates of hell.”

Latest COVID-19 data

South Carolina health officials reported 2,158 total cases of COVID-19 Sept. 21, with 1,852 confirmed. A total of 110 new deaths, with 93 confirmed, were also reported Tuesday.

With 22,438 tests reported, 13.0% were confirmed positive.

Percentage of S.C. residents with at least 1 vaccine: 59.5%
Percentage of S.C. residents who have completed vaccination: 50.8%