PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) -- Governor Doug Ducey won't be telling private companies how to deal with the latest rise in coronavirus cases.

"I'm going to leave the private sector to the private sector," Ducey said during a rare public appearance on Thursday, "the governor does not decide what the private sector does."

The governor's comments come after two of the state's largest healthcare providers announced that they require their employees to get vaccinated by November or risk their jobs. But the governor is not changing his tune when it comes to the current ban on schools imposing vaccine and mask mandates for students and teachers.

Gov. Doug Ducey

FILE - In this Dec. 2, 2020, file photo, Arizona Republican Gov. Doug Ducey arrives for a news conference to talk about the latest Arizona COVID-19 information in Phoenix.

Ducey said kids and workers are allowed to voluntarily wear face coverings inside schools if they choose to and encouraged anyone eligible to get vaccinated. About 52% of Arizonans have received at least one dose of the vaccine, while 46% have been fully vaccinated, which is below the national average.


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