BEND, Oregon — Christine Drazan, Oregon’s GOP gubernatorial candidate, joined the ranks of prominent Republicans Thursday, vowing to fight an effort by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to require COVID-19 vaccine doses for young children.
“Yeah, I will be pushing back against that as governor,” she said in an interview with the Washington Examiner. “We’re not talking about eradicating measles. We are not talking about polio.”
Drazan’s comments came hours after the CDC voted to add COVID-19 vaccines to the list of immunizations considered standard for children attending school. A number of Republican governors, including Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin, quickly pledged to block the measure.
Drazan promised to make vaccine doses “readily available to those that choose them.”