Several GOP state officials warned Joe Biden will be sued unless he changes his vaccine mandate on Sept. 16.
A total of 24 state attorneys general will “seek every legal option” to stop a White House order for large, private companies to comply with a strict vaccine mandate.
Employers with more than 100 staff must ensure staff is immunized or, alternatively, perform weekly COVID-19 testing and terminate employment. These requirements will affect up to 80 million private-sector workers.
“The vast majority [of] the American people know we have to do these things,” the president said in a statement.
Although attorneys general acknowledge vaccines play an important role in the community during the pandemic. However, they oppose Biden’s forceful approach to make more people receive the jab.
“Convincing those who are hesitant to do so would require you to allow room for discussion and disagreement,” they said in an open letter. “From a policy perspective, this edict is unlikely to win hearts and minds–it will further drive skepticism, and at least some Americans will simply leave the job market instead of complying.”
They believe the latest vaccine mandate violates personal liberties, and is arguably counterproductive. A New York hospital recently had to stop delivering babies due to staff shortages from the city vaccine mandate.
“[A federal vaccine mandate could] exacerbate a nationwide hospital staff crisis,” they said.
They urged Biden to revise his COVID-19 action plan and let individuals make their own informed medical decisions.
The signatories are from Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, West Virginia, and Wyoming.
The Democrat previously complained he was tired of waiting for every American to receive the jab. He also dared Republicans to take him to court.
“Have at it,” Biden previously said.
New York Times data shows September 2021 spikes in new cases have begun to stabilize, compared to the previous two months. The United States had a seven-day average of 150,366 cases, representing a slight decrease on the beginning of the month–with a seven-day average of 160,383 as of Sept. 16.