A whopping total of 21 GOP state attorneys general sent out a letter to President Joe Biden Wednesday stating they believe that his COVID-19 vaccine mandate for federal contractors “stands on shaky legal ground,” is confusing to those same contractors and could end up making supply-chain problems worse than they already are.
The attorneys general also wrote that these companies could end up being blacklisted for federal contracts unless they can convince workers to get the vaccine on “an unworkable timeline.”
“We strongly urge you to instruct agencies to cease implementing the mandate or, at a minimum, to provide clarity to agencies and federal contractors across the country and delay the mandate’s compliance date,” the letter, which was signed by attorneys general from Texas, Mississippi, Alaska and other states, went on to say.
Republican officials have already threatened to sue over the order that Biden issued Sept. 9. Some legal experts have said they think the Biden administration is on strong legal footing with the mandates to protect public safety.
The administration is expected to release details soon about implementing the mandate. Biden has said companies with at least 100 employees will have to require all their employees be vaccinated or undergo weekly testing. The mandate for federal contractors goes into effect in December, and it does not have a testing option.advertisement — content continues below
Many businesses, governments and schools are already setting COVID-19 vaccination requirements.
Employees of some federal contractors — including at a shipbuilder and a NASA rocket engine test site in Mississippi — have been protesting what they see as federal overreach into private lives.
Mississippi Attorney General Lynn Fitch stated in a news release put out on Wednesday that getting vaccinated is something that should be a personal decision.
“Forcing people to vaccinate or lose their jobs is a flawed premise … and the mismanaged execution of that idea demonstrates how utterly unworkable it is as a national policy,” Fitch said in the release.
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has already issued an executive order back on October 11 to ban private companies or any other entity from making vaccine requirements for employees.
Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey directed her state’s executive-branch agencies on Monday not to provide their cooperation with the federal COVID vaccine mandate wherever possible.
“Meanwhile, the Biden administration said Wednesday that the vaccination deadline will not require immediate action on the part of employers against unvaccinated employees when it comes into force on Dec. 8,” the report stated.