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Surgeon General Murthy says the Biden administration's COVID-19 vaccine mandate for employers is 'legal' and 'appropriate'

Added 09-12-21 01:14:01pm EST - “"We all in the private sector have to do everything we can to tackle this virus," Dr. Vivek Murthy said on Sunday.” - Businessinsider.com


Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Businessinsider.com: “Surgeon General Murthy says the Biden administration's COVID-19 vaccine mandate for employers is 'legal' and 'appropriate'”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy on Sunday defended new vaccine mandates from the White House, saying it is both appropriate and legal to require employers with more than 100 employees to mandate COVID-19 vaccines or weekly testing for the virus.

The new vaccine policies are "an appropriate response for us to recognize that if we want our economy to be impacted, if we want our schools to stay in-session, we've got to take steps to make sure workplaces and learning environments are safe," Murthy said on ABC's This Week. 

President Joe Biden announced that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) would be responsible for writing and enforcing these new policies, including sweeping mandates requiring vaccinations for federal employees and companies with more than 100 employees. These rules will directly affect over 17 millions healthcare workers working at facilities that get government funding, and about 80 million employees at large companies. Employers can be fined up to $14,000 for every violation of these guidelines.

Murthy responded to criticism from Republican Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, who said it was "fundamentally wrong" for someone to lose their job over their decision to get the COVID vaccine. Murthy said the issue needs to be put "in context."

"This is not an unusual phenomenon. There are requirements that we put in workplaces and in schools every day to make sure that workplaces in schools are safe," he said, citing longstanding vaccine requirements against other diseases at schools and hospitals.


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