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Valadao urges Biden to back off federal vaccine mandates

Rep. David Valadao

Rep. David Valadao, R-Hanford

As the clock ticks for federal employees and contractors to get fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by Jan. 4 or face weekly testing, Rep. David Valadao sent a letter Monday calling on President Joe Biden to set aside the mandates for economic reasons.

The Hanford Republican representing California’s 21st Congressional District said he had “serious concerns” with Biden’s executive orders on the matter, saying that although he believes in vaccines and the science behind them, the federal mandates will be “financially and administratively burdensome” for organizations subject to the orders.