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PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) -- Gov. Doug Ducey on Monday announced plans to prevent vaccine mandates in Arizona.

"We encourage all Arizonans to get the vaccine — it's safe, effective and free," said Gov. Ducey. "But getting it is a personal choice, and we will not allow discrimination based on vaccination status. Today's order builds on our efforts to protect Arizonans from excessive mandates that hinder their freedom to choose what's best for their health."

The executive order states that if a county, city, town or political official implements a vaccine mandate, they would be violating the law. 

In addition to the vaccine mandate executive order, Ducey also included anyone employed by local government can use earned sick leave if they are exposed to COVID-19. If the county, city, town or political official fails to provide the earned sick leak due to COVID-19 exposure, they would be in violation to the Fair Wages and Healthy Families Act.

The order states that the new executive order was consistent with legislation that was signed by Ducey on June 30 which "does not provide any authority to a city, town or county to implement vaccination mandates. Due to its consistency with current Arizona law, the rights derived by law under these statutes apply to any action taken by a county, city, town or political subdivision since June 30, 2021."

Governor Ducey issues executive order banning vaccine passports in Arizona

In April, Ducey issued an executive order banning vaccine passports that would prevent state/local governments from requiring Arizonans to provide their vaccination status for COVID-19 to receive a service, visit places, or dine at a restaurant. 

For more information or to read the full executive order, click here

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