UPDATED 7:15 AM PT – Thursday, November 4, 2021
Businesses have until just after the holiday season to get their employees vaccinated. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) released the new rules under the Labor Department Thursday, saying all businesses with 100 employees or more must make sure their workers are vaccinated by January 4.
Biden is FORCING his unconstitutional vaccine mandates on private businesses. He is taking away 84 million Americans’ freedom to choose for their families. This is nothing more than an authoritarian power grab! Government overreach at its WORST!
— Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-N.Y.)
If employees maintain their right to choose whether to get the vaccine or not, they must wear masks by December 5 and provide a weekly negative COVID-19 test after the January 4 deadline. Not only are employees expected to comply with these tyrannical requirements, the companies are not required to pay for those weekly tests. This means the cost will come out of the worker’s pocket.
Many Republicans are blasting Joe Biden’s order as government overreach and an an “unlawful” push against working Americans. For instance, Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) said it’s not the government’s role to force people into getting vaccinated or lose their jobs. He went on to call the measure “cruel, immoral and wrong.”
“Your right to earn a living should not be contingent upon COVID shots. On a principal basis, we have the responsibility to stand up for people’s individual rights and individual freedoms, and make sure…people can make those decisions,”
— Gov. Ron DeSantis (R-Fla.)
The GOP has continued to push back against Biden’s unconstitutional vaccine mandates. Republican leaders have taken a stand against such measures since they were first announced back in September as well as against those imposed by Democrat figures and large corporations following his lead since.
This vaccine mandate from Biden shows that he has no respect for constitutional guardrails. It is truly a point of no return for this Administration. The mandate will further exacerbate an already disastrous labor & safety crisis.
My full statement on the new vaccine mandate👇 pic.twitter.com/yJExcMtBEf
— Congresswoman Tenney (@RepTenney) November 4, 2021
Officials have argued no entity has the right to spy on a citizen’s personal health information, while also adding that requiring someone to disclose their vaccine status or be fired is discrimination.