The Kenosha County, Wisconsin Board of Supervisors approved a policy that prevents the county’s health officer from imposing lockdowns and mask and vaccine mandates during future public health crises. The policy states that the county will not use its resources voluntarily to support state or federal mandates, complying only “to the extent required by law or superior authority.” Some social media users are sharing support for the policy, while others consider it a political move.
Risk level: Low
Recommendation: While conversations about vaccine and mask mandates may not arise in a clinical setting, news coverage about this policy may provide a platform for vaccine opponents. This alert is provided for informational purposes for doctors and other health care providers in Wisconsin.