Idaho governor and lieutenant feud over vaccinations

Idaho governor and lieutenant feud over vaccinations


Idaho’s feuding governor and lieutenant governor are at it again.

As coronavirus cases spike in the state, Gov. Brad Little’s office disclosed Tuesday that he was mobilizing the National Guard again and adding hundreds of new medical personnel for state hospitals.

And with hospitals strained due to unvaccinated patients, he called for more Idahoans “to receive the safe and effective COVID-19 vaccine,” according to a statement from his office. 

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But Lt. Gov. Janice McGeachin, a fellow Republican who is running to unseat Little for the state’s 2022 GOP gubernatorial nomination, called the governor’s support for vaccinations “shameful.”

“It was shameful for Brad to suggest today that Idahoans must make a specific medical choice in order to show love for their neighbors,” McGeachin tweeted. “You can love your neighbor and still make medical decisions that are right for you. I trust YOU to make your own health choices.”

In July, Saint Alphonsus Health System and St. Luke’s Health System — two of the largest medical

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