CampaignBoston Herald: Geoff Diehl calls on Charlie Baker to repeal Oct. 17 vaccine mandate

October 13, 202113

By: Joe Dwinell

Published: October 13, 2021 at 12:01 am

GOP gubernatorial candidate Geoff Diehl is calling on the Baker administration to repeal the Oct. 17 vaccine mandate for state workers after the Herald reported a State Police sergeant is in the ICU.

What landed the officer in the intensive care unit at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston is not being divulged, the story states. Diehl said the sergeant was “hospitalized” after receiving “the single Johnson & Johnson vaccine injection on Friday.”

Gov. Charlie Baker instituted a vaccine mandate for all Executive Branch employees Aug. 19 with a deadline of Oct. 17 to be fully vaccinated or face being suspended without pay and then fired.

“First of all, I am praying for this hero and for his family,” said Diehl in a release just before midnight.

“This was a choice that the Trooper never should have had to make and I demand that the Baker/Polito administration immediately revoke the vaccine mandate. People who have developed natural immunity, or who recognize that this vaccination will put them at a greater health risk, should not be forced to choose between their livelihood and a capricious executive order tied to an arbitrary timetable,” the Whitman Republican said.

Diehl also rips the law vaccines mandates lean on — Jacobson v. Massachusetts — where a Swedish-born Lutheran minister who moved to Cambridge was fined $5 in 1905 for not updating his smallpox vaccine. The minister claimed he and his son “suffered adverse reactions” to the vaccine. The case went all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court where the minister lost and madates won.

“The Jacobson case law cited by the Administration as providing the legal authority is 116 years old and fails to be relevant,” Diehl added last night.

Baker’s spokesman has said the administration is following the science in mandating the vaccination against the coronavirus.

Diehl, however, said it’s time to scrap the mandate.

“The Baker/Polito administration is putting lives directly at risk,” said Diehl. “The fact that they are calling up the National Guard to replace the scores of law enforcement, corrections officers and others about to be fired, simply for trying to protect their personal health, creates further public safety risks and is unconscionable.”

He ends with: “The Governor needs to repeal the mandate immediately and restore lost jobs to any state workers who have been fired or who have submitted their resignation under duress.”





  • Barbara Dzierwinski

    October 14, 2021 at 2:18 am

    We Americans who should never be treated in the manner this administration and its inept followers such as Baker and Potito are demanding of us. Mandating the vaccine is an insane and tyrannical act meant to demean and degrade us. No one, absolutely no one, should have this kind of authority. It is a power trip that is disgusting and should end immediately. Shame on them!


  • Susan Brand

    October 14, 2021 at 2:18 am

    NO vaccine mandates of Covid-19, NO vaccine mandates for the influenza vaccine! Critical Race Theory must be banned in our schools. STOP indoctrination of our children!


  • Scott Griedel

    October 14, 2021 at 2:49 am

    1st of all I will be praying for that officer in question. He is an honorable man who God put in this position of service to the people. This vaccine mandate is totally unconstitutional and the people in power one day have to answer to God for what they are doing. I had COVID, not officially and that the way it should be and probably have natural immunity and if I die from this virus, my choice, not government. Does man really think he will get rid of this virus?? Or he is scheming for power which one day he will lose anyway. I may be losing my job not unless I get a religious exemption, if not I will let the employer know that they are wrong and will be on the wrong side of history for such medical tyranny. I am 63 years old but was planning to work at least until full retirement age 66 yrs and 8 months. I’m the only one working in my family and though I don’t own much of anything, I thank God for his grace, being merciful, patient, and showing his love for us by giving us the greatest gift, Jesus Christ who is the Lord of our life,..not the government. Proverbs 10:9 (NIV) Whoever walks in integrity walks securely, but whoever takes crooked paths will be found out. Thank you for your service!


  • John

    October 14, 2021 at 3:06 am

    What is going on is disgusting. This mayor wouldn’t even be recognized as being part of the democratic party of 10 years (that’s how fascist/communistic this mandate is) ago let alone recognized as a republican.

    Geoff, please fight these mandates and when you are governor do what Texas did and ban mandates and repeal the Police Reform act. There are thousands of public servants and private workers who want their right to choose. These vaccines aren’t even fully approved and they have many adverse affects. The were also made and tested with cell lines from aborted fetuses. The Pfizer vaccine that has EUA is “Legally Distinct” from that which was approved by the FDA. The approved vaccine has not been distributed.


  • Joan Brosnan

    October 14, 2021 at 11:53 am

    Repeal mandate immediately!


  • Valerie Iacovangelo

    October 14, 2021 at 12:16 pm

    The mandate needs to be repealed as soon as possible. Citizens of the USA have the right to make their own decision (between them and their trusted physician).


  • Gloria Maria

    October 14, 2021 at 4:49 pm

    Thank you so much for standing up for the majority of the people. We should have autonomy over our own body.


  • Gloria Maria

    October 14, 2021 at 4:51 pm

    Thank yo so much for standing up for the majority of the people. We should not be mandated to take any vaccine at all. Autonomy over our own body is our right.


  • sandra burns

    October 14, 2021 at 9:42 pm

    I am grateful for you bringing this up! You have our support fully! Stop the mandate!!!!!


  • Robert E. Wells, Jr.

    October 17, 2021 at 2:38 pm

    Repeal it!!!! It CAN NOT interfere with our CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS!!!! I think everyone should have the shots, but the choice is theirs.
    Government has no right to dictate medical decisions.
    Remember NAZI Germany? First it took away the guns, and then took control of healthcare. That left people at the mercy of Hitler and the Gestapo!


  • Barbara Sneller

    October 17, 2021 at 4:08 pm

    Stop the mandates and government takeover.


  • Mary

    October 19, 2021 at 12:21 am

    Thank you for speaking out against this awful mandate!


  • Ann May

    October 19, 2021 at 12:21 am

    We The People !!! are SICK and TIRED of people and lawmakers, who were voted into office to protect and serve our American people and pushing their own agenda !! why are we mandating this awful Covid shot that has not proven a dam thing, It in fact has cause so many hospitalizations and even deaths and injury. SHAME ON BAKER for not listening . This should NOT be mandatory and should be at will everyone’s right . Our Fore fathers are rolling in their graves and shaking their heads in disgrace. VOTE Baker OUT !!!!


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