OKLAHOMA CITY (KFOR) – On Thursday, the state of Oklahoma filed a lawsuit against the federal government to end its COVID-19 vaccination requirement.
“Biden’s vaccine mandates are a clear abuse of power. He does not have the power to make health care decisions for the Oklahomans, ”Attorney General John O’Connor said. “It is grim that Biden is threatening the people of Oklahoma with losing their jobs if they do not surrender their personal rights and freedoms to the federal government. The president uses private employers to do his dirty work.
Tens of millions of Americans who work in companies with 100 or more employees will need to be vaccinated against COVID-19 by January 4 or be tested weekly for the virus, the White House said Thursday.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) said companies that fail to comply could face penalties of nearly $ 14,000 per violation.
The new requirements, which were first introduced by President Joe Biden in September, will apply to around 84 million workers in medium and large companies, although it is not clear how many of those employees are. not vaccinated.
Stricter rules will apply to an additional 17 million people who work in nursing homes, hospitals and other facilities that receive Medicare and Medicaid money. These workers will not be able to be tested and will need to be vaccinated.
OSHA says workers will be able to request exemptions for medical or religious reasons.
Attorney General O’Connor and 20 other attorneys general wrote to President Biden last week challenging his administration’s mandatory vaccination requirement for federal contractors.
O’Connor says that tenure will result in the loss of their jobs for many Oklahoma residents.
“How can they pay their mortgages and car payments? Then, months from now, Biden and the Democratic Congress will be handing out billions of dollars to support the people Biden has kicked out of the workforce, ”General O’Connor said. “Who’s going to pay for this?” “
The Oklahoma attorney general’s office has hired an outside lawyer to assist with the trial.
“We appreciate the support of the Senate and the House of our state,” said Attorney General O’Connor. “With their support, we can defend the rights of the Oklahoman and defend the rule of law against the excesses of the federal government.”
Additionally, O’Connor says another lawsuit is underway to challenge the OSHA rules that were released today.
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