Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-CO) attacked out Colorado Gov. Jared Polis (D) for making it easier to fire state employees who refuse to get vaccinated against COVID-19, even though she opposes making it illegal to fire workers just because they’re LGBTQ.
“Governor Polis made it easier to fire Colorado workers who are unvaccinated,” she tweeted. “Vaccinations are a personal choice & last time I checked Jared Polis is not a doctor.”
“The state should be able to end your career based on what you won’t put in your body. I stand for your freedom!”
Governor Polis made it easier to fire Colorado workers who are unvaccinated.
Vaccinations are a personal choice & last time I checked Jared Polis is not a doctor.
The state should not be able to end your career based on what you won’t put in your body. I stand for your freedom!
— Lauren Boebert (@laurenboebert) October 7, 2021
Boebert opposes banning employers from ending people’s careers if they don’t want LGBTQ people working for them. She voted against the Equality Act earlier this year, which would ban anti-LGBTQ discrimination in federal law, saying that the civil rights legislation would result in “the supremacy for gays, lesbians, and transveshikes [sic].”
She even organized a press conference to oppose the bill while Congress was considering it, making her one of the GOP’s foremost opponents of LGBTQ equality.
But when it comes to people making the choice to refuse the vaccine, Boebert has much more sympathy for workers and a lot less for their coworkers and employers. In her tweet, she was referring to an executive order Polis signed this past week that expedites the process for firing state employees who refuse to get vaccinated.
In his order, Polis wrote that state employees who refuse to get vaccinated – or even tested in some cases – threaten “the State’s ability to adequately respond to and recover from the ongoing pandemic and endangers the health of fellow State workers, members of the public who interact with the State, members of vulnerable populations and populations in congregate living settings, and the general public.”
The current, cumbersome process to fire state employees, Polis wrote, “hinders” Colorado’s ability to protect people’s health.
“Unvaccinated Americans” appear to be one of the few minorities whose civil rights are important to Boebert. She accused President Joe Biden of being more “aggressive” with them than he is with the Taliban, even though he voted for the war in Afghanistan when he was in the U.S. Senate, just because he mandated federal employees to get two shots that cost them nothing and other unvaccinated workers to get tested regularly if they refuse to get vaccinated.
Students in Colorado are required to get vaccinated against almost a dozen infectious diseases in order to attend schools in the state. Vaccine mandates are turning out to be an effective tool to fight the coronavirus pandemic, and Polis has been praised for the state’s response to COVID-19.
At least 710,000 people in the U.S. have died so far to the coronavirus pandemic.