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Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey has penned a letter to the Occupational Security and Well being Administration, warning that President Biden‘s COVID-19 vaccine mandate for firms with greater than 100 staff may have a adverse affect on the Yellowhammer State’s economic system.
Within the letter, which was despatched to Assistant Secretary of Labor Douglas Parker on Friday, Ivey urged OSHA to not undertake its COVID-19 Vaccination and Testing Emergency Non permanent Customary (ETS) as a “ultimate commonplace or rule” as she claims the ETS is “misguided” and that any commonplace primarily based off of it could be a “mistake.”
Whereas voicing her opposition to the vaccine mandate, which is going through quite a few court battles, Ivey urged OSHA to discontinue the mandate “sooner, quite than later” because it will increase “vaccine skepticism in Alabama” and continues to “disrupt the State’s economic system.”
She additionally said she believes a ultimate commonplace primarily based on the ETS might be “dangerous to companies in Alabama” as “important percentages of Alabama’s workforce haven’t acquired a minimum of one dose” of the vaccine.
“Given all of the efforts to teach and persuade Alabamians of the vaccine’s security and effectiveness, I can solely conclude that many Alabamians have profound – and honest – medical, spiritual, or different causes to not take it,” Ivey wrote. “I imagine that enforcement of the ETS could lead many Alabamians to stop their jobs and go away the workforce – in the course of a considerable labor scarcity, no much less – or to hunt work at companies not lined by the mandate.”
Ivey continued, saying that “disruption would interrupt individuals’s careers and threaten their livelihoods and the well-being of their households” and will “injury the productiveness and backside strains of companies statewide.”
“If a federal courtroom strikes down the ETS, nicely and good,” Ivey wrote. “If not, I ask that OSHA not proceed its provisions underneath a ultimate commonplace. The financial injury possible could be nice. Ending the provisions sooner quite than later might reduce the injury prone to be brought on by them.”
Ivey has maintained that she believes COVID-19 vaccines shouldn’t be compelled on People by the federal authorities. Final Might, she signed into law laws which bans using vaccine passports within the state, saying then that she is “supportive of a voluntary vaccine.”
“Alabama is standing robust in our battle in opposition to the overreaching, un-American Biden vaccine mandates,” Ivey stated in an announcement Friday. “President Trump stated it nicely in an interview yesterday morning. The Biden Administration is driving mistrust and anxieties about this vaccine.”
Ivey additionally said that People “ought to by no means have to decide on between getting this shot and placing meals on the tables for his or her households” and vowed to proceed “preventing these mandates each step of the way in which.”
In October, Ivey signed Executive Order 724 which prevents any company, division, board, fee, or different state entity from imposing penalties on companies that aren’t in compliance with the federal vaccine mandate.