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As more Americans go on strike in protest of employer vaccine mandates pushed by the Biden-Harris administration, Texas’ governor indicated on Sunday that he’s relying on the U.S. Supreme Court to stop these mandates. A single mom is asking him to act.

Sheree Flanagan, a single mother of two in North Texas, is being required to get a COVID-19 vaccination under threat of losing her employment. She has until December to get two injections. For privacy reasons, the name of her employer is being withheld. “I work for defense [contractors],” she told Texas Scorecard. “They’re all following suit.”

Last month, President Joe Biden signed an executive order requiring such mandates from all government contractors, and stated a federal rule was being developed that would require employers with more than 100 employees to mandate vaccines.

Flanagan described how she felt when she was notified of her company’s vaccine mandate. “I actually just felt sick. I couldn’t sleep. I still haven’t really been able to sleep well.” She plans to file for a religious exemption. “It’s going against everything that I want to do. It’s going against my beliefs,” she said. “Taking a vaccine is [an] option, it shouldn’t be a mandate.”

Switching jobs isn’t a simple solution for Flanagan, as she’d have to change careers. “This is all I’ve been doing for 22 years,” she said. “I just can’t pick a career change at 42 years old when I have two small kids, especially the way the economy is right now with everything going on.”

Flanagan said her co-workers feel the same way and have protested the mandate. “It’s just very, very disheartening to have to make a choice like this.”

During the regular session of the Texas Legislature this year, Gov. Greg Abbott signed into law a prohibition on vaccine

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