Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt says that he does not plan to get a COVID-19 booster because he is “perfectly healthy,” and his doctor has not said he needs one.
Governor Stitt has been outspoken about his opposition to vaccine mandates.
“I’m perfectly healthy, and my doctor hasn’t told me I need to get it,” Stitt said on Monday, according to a report from the Oklahoman.
Stitt had the coronavirus last summer and said that his symptoms were mild. He received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine in March during a press conference.
In a video message posted in October, Gov. Stitt said that “this action is not just federal overreach; it’s unconstitutional,” and “getting the vaccine is a personal choice.”
“Getting the vaccine is a personal choice. Period,” Stitt said in the video. “Static, one-size-fits-all mandates simply do not fit the reality we are in today. In Oklahoma, cases and hospitalizations are down nearly 50%. As this virus evolves, so does the science and the treatments available, including natural immunity.”
Stitt added, “President Biden’s administration has no respect for individual freedoms. I cannot believe we have a president who wants to force Americans to choose between a vaccine and their job. The people this is affecting aren’t just statistics. They’re real Oklahomans with real concerns. They’re brave nurses and caretakers. They’re expecting mothers and fathers. They’re first responders and brave law enforcement.”