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Local experts weigh in on federal vaccine mandate

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TUPELO, Miss. (WTVA) - Local political and legal experts said although not impossible, it is unlikely that the Biden Administration’s vaccine mandate will actually go into effect.

That mandate would require employees that work at large businesses to get the Covid shot.

If the administration’s mandate passes, many will be required to be vaccinated or test weekly for Covid.

However, the future of the vaccine mandate is still up in the air.

A judge from the 6th Circuit Court based in Ohio will decide if the mandate will go into effect. If they decide that it should not, the case will then go to the Supreme Court.

University of Mississippi Law Chair Chris Green said it’s not likely that the mandate will stick.

Mississippi University for Women Dean and Professor Dr. Brian Anderson said legal leaders will probably deem the mandate as unconstitutional.

"They're likely going to interpret it, as many people do, including our governor, as a violation of personal liberty," said

Chris Green is the Jamie L. Whitten School of Law and Government Chair. He said it's not likely that the mandate will stick.

“It's not obviously going to be found an unconstitutional move," said Green. "But it seems fairly unlikely that they’ll get through.”

If the case hits the supreme court, whatever the justices rule about the mandate will be the final say.

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