Senator Blackburn Responds to New Government Rules on Vaccines
Companies with 100 or more employees will need to be vaccinated against Covid-19 by January 4th
AP – Tens of millions of Americans who work at companies with 100 or more employees will need to be vaccinated against COVID-19 by Jan. 4 or get tested for the virus weekly. The new government rules were issued Thursday.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration says companies that fail to comply could face penalties of nearly $14,000 per violation.
The new requirements were first previewed by President Joe Biden in September. They will apply to about 84 million workers at medium and large businesses.
It is not clear how many of those employees are unvaccinated. A senior administration official says the agency would target companies if it gets complaints.
Senator Marsha Blackburn responded to the new government rules with the following statement.
“Our economy is crumbling, and President Biden is doing everything in his power to make it worse. While businesses scramble to fill the 10.4 million open jobs in our country, Biden’s vaccine mandates will push even more Americans out of the workforce. We have already seen how these mandates harm essential workers in law enforcement, at healthcare institutions, and in first responder roles across the nation.”
“Last month, I led the Keeping Our Covid-19 Heroes Employed Act to save our essential workers from being fired as a result of Joe Biden’s ultimatum, but there is still more work to be done. If enacted, the Congressional Review Act I joined alongside 40 of my Senate colleagues will put an end to Biden’s unconstitutional power play.”
— Senator Blackburn