MONTGOMERY, Alabama – Gov. Kay Ivey sent a letter to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration on Friday asking them to oppose the Biden Administration’s mandate to vaccinate companies with more than 100 employees.
In the letter to Assistant Secretary of Labor Douglas Parker, Governor Ivey asks OSHA not to adopt its Temporary Emergency Standard (ETS) for COVID-19 vaccination and testing. The ETS applies to almost all employers with a total of 100 or more employees.
The OSHA website explains, “Covered employers must develop, implement and enforce a mandatory COVID-19 vaccination policy, with the exception of employers who instead adopt a policy requiring employees to either choose to get vaccinated or have regular COVID-19 tests and wear a face cover at work.
In the letter, Ivey also mentioned the executive order she signed in October calling on the state of Alabama not to impose sanctions on companies or individuals who fail to meet federal mandates on the COVID-19 vaccine.
“My administration encourages COVID-19 vaccinations as safe and effective, but opposes overly ambitious COVID-19 vaccination mandates imposed by the government,” Ivey wrote.
She also wrote that mandates imposed by the ETS threaten to increase vaccine skepticism in Alabama and disrupt the state’s economy.
Along with the letter, Governor Ivey issued a statement:
Alabama is steadfast in its fight against excessive, non-US mandates for Biden vaccines. President Trump put it right in an interview yesterday morning. The Biden administration is raising suspicion and concern about this vaccine. As I have said countless times, Alabamians and Americans should never have to choose between getting that shot and putting food on their families’ tables. We fight these mandates every step of the way, in every way we know how.
Kay Ivey, Governor of Alabama
According to the White House, employees falling under ETS, CMS, or federal contractors will need to receive their final dose of vaccination, either their second dose of Pfizer or Moderna, or a single dose of Johnson & Johnson, by the next day. January 4, 2022.
Ivey ended his letter by writing, “I think the best way to encourage COVID-19 vaccinations in Alabama and elsewhere is through education, transparency, communication and persuasion, not by government mandates. “
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