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Ind. filing three lawsuits to challenge vaccine mandate

Gov. Holcomb in Warrick Co.
Gov. Holcomb in Warrick Co.(WFIE)
Published: Nov. 4, 2021 at 10:20 AM CDT
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INDIANA (WFIE) - Governor Eric Holcomb says he’s directing the Department of Labor to work with the Attorney General on a lawsuit to challenge the vaccine mandate for companies with 100 or more employees.

It’s an emergency temporary standard (ETS) published by OSHA, that would require vaccines or weekly COVID-19 testing.

[US mandates vaccines or tests for big companies by Jan. 4]

Gov. Holcomb released the following statement.

“I direct the Indiana Department of Labor to work with the Attorney General on a lawsuit challenging the federal government regarding the OSHA ETS. This is an overreach of the government’s role in serving and protecting Hoosiers. While I agree that the vaccine is the tool that will best protect against COVID-19, this federal government approach is unprecedented and will bring about harmful, unintended consequences in the supply chain and the workforce.”

Indiana Attorney General Todd Rokita says there will be three separate lawsuits in the coming week.

The first, Thursday afternoon, challenges the mandate requiring federal contractors to be vaccinated. The state expects to file a separate lawsuit Friday against the Occupational Safety and Health Administration mandate, which will require Americans who work at companies with 100 or more employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

The state will file a third lawsuit next week, pushing back against a vaccine mandate for those who work in nursing homes, hospitals and other facilities that receive money from Medicare and Medicaid.

Congressman Larry Bucshon (R-Ind.-08) also issued a statement:

“As a physician, I strongly believe that all eligible Americans should protect themselves and their communities by getting a COVID-19 vaccine – unless there are medical contraindications. While I am pro-vaccine, I strongly oppose the Biden Administration’s vaccine mandate and believe it should immediately be withdrawn. The mandate may not be constitutional and should be challenged in court. Not only does this mandate further politicize the vaccine and undermine confidence in the safety and effectiveness of the vaccine, it will also worsen America’s already crippling workforce shortage.

“I have seen firsthand how these shortages are disproportionally affecting rural communities as I travel throughout Indiana’s 8th

Congressional District. We are barely keeping our hospitals operational and our long-term care facilities open due to wide-ranging labor shortages. President Biden’s decision today to mandate the vaccine for millions of Americans will only exacerbate our existing workforce shortage and slow our country’s recovery. I firmly believe the government has no role in mandating vaccines for private business employees. President Biden’s vaccine mandate is tone deaf to the larger issues affecting rural America.”

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