Oklahaoma Attorney General John O’Connor has released the following statement after President Joe Biden announced new, imposing vaccine rules on health care workers, huge private companies and federal workers:
“We respect the right of Oklahoma businesses and individuals to make healthcare decisions for themselves and their families. My office will vigorously oppose any attempt by the federal government to mandate vaccines. We are preparing litigation to stand up for our rights and defend the rule of law against the overreach of the federal government.”
The Biden administration will also require all workers in healthcare settings that receive Medicaid or Medicare reimbursement be vaccinated, a move that applies to 50,000 providers and covers more than 17 million healthcare workers.
Biden has signed executive orders requiring vaccinations for all federal government workers as well as for employees of contractors that do business with the federal government. The move represents a toughening of measures that Biden announced in late July, requiring federal workers to offer proof of vaccination or submit to regular testing and physical distancing measures in the workplace.
Governor Kevin Stitt, who has declared that schools cannot mandate masks, railed against the mandate, saying, “It is not the government’s role to dictate to private businesses what to do.”
The vaccine is both safe and effective, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:
Over 369 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been given in the United States from December 14, 2020, through August 30, 2021.
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