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Senator introduces invoice to exempt important employees from Biden vax mandate

Sen. Marsha Blackburn launched laws Tuesday aimed toward offering an exemption to the Biden administration’s federal COVID-19 vaccine mandate for these thought-about important employees throughout the pandemic.

The Tennessee Republican argued that the federal vaccine mandate would exacerbate the nation’s labor scarcity, making the case that it may have unfavorable implications for the provision chain disaster.

“What this would do is exempt essential workers, individuals that were deemed essential during the pandemic it and exempt them from the federal vaccine mandate,” she mentioned.

“And we know that those essential workers, all of those health care workers, airline workers, individuals that are first responders, law enforcement, they all figured out a way to get to work to protect themselves and protect their families. If they don’t want to get the vaccine, they ought to be able to continue working without being forced to get the vaccine.”

President Biden signed an govt order in September requiring federal workers and contractors be vaccinated in an effort to cease the unfold of the lethal virus. But Republicans have argued the transfer is unconstitutional. 

Medical personnel adjust their personal protective equipment while working in the emergency department at NYC Health + Hospitals Metropolitan, May 27, 2020, in New York.
Health care employees could be exempted from the Biden administration’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate underneath Sen. Marsha Blackburn’s invoice.

Blackburn mentioned she is grateful for the Trump administration’s efforts on Operation Warp Speed, which expedited the event of the vaccine, however argued that she believes it must be a private selection.

“One of the things we are hearing from people is that, you know, it’s not that they’re anti-vaxx, it is just they want it to be their choice. We’re also hearing from some employers, that it would be impossible for them to get their workforce completely vaccinated by Dec. 8,” she mentioned.

Blackburn added that she has heard from constituents which have reservations about sure preexisting circumstances and spiritual objections, which she feels must be offered an exemption.

Sen. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tennessee.
Sen. Marsha Blackburn claims employers can’t “get their workforce completely vaccinated by Dec. 8.”

“We’re hearing from people who have medical concerns that maybe it’s a history of respiratory disease or a history of heart disease in their family, and they are not wanting to take this,” she continued.

“I’ve talked to people who have discussed it with their physician and their physician has recommended that they not get the vaccine. I have talked to people that have a religious objection, and their businesses are not allowing that religious exemption to be heard.”

President Joe Biden
Sen. Marsha Blackburn says President Joe Biden’s federal vaccine mandate is ignoring spiritual exemptions.

Sens. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), Cynthia Lummis (R-Wyo.), Bill Hagerty (R-Tenn.), Mike Braun (R-Ind.), Tommy Tuberville (R- Ala.), Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) and Roger Marshall (R-Kansas) have signed onto Blackburn’s “Keeping Our COVID-19 Heroes Employed Act.”