South Carolina – The vaccine mandate has been a hot topic in the public since president Joe Biden announced it eight days ago and now a group of states warned him that legal action will be taken against him if he doesn’t withdraw his latest decision.
Reportedly, until Wednesday, a group of 23 attorneys general signed a coalition to file a lawsuit against the president and the latest to join on the list is the South Carolina attorney general.
On Thursday, the letter was sent to the president warning him of a potential legal action if he doesn’t withdraw the vaccine mandate decision and decides to implement the vaccine requirement for federal workers and workers in companies with more than 100 employees.
South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson joined with 23 other attorneys general to outline their legal and policy concerns about the proposed mandate that would require private sector employees to either get vaccinated against COVID-19 or get tested weekly.
“Regardless of how you feel about vaccines, President Biden’s edict is illegal and if the administration doesn’t change course we’ll pursue every legal option to strike it down,” Wilson said.
“I’m fully vaccinated and encourage everyone who can to get the shot, but this is a question of following the law. We think it will also mean fewer people will get vaccinated, which we’ve already seen in New York, where healthcare workers quit because of New York’s vaccine mandate,” he added.
According to the 24 that signed the letter, the latest vaccine mandate decision will additionally raise the skepticism of vaccines in those unvaccinated. What is even more, the vaccine mandate ignores the natural immunity in those who already have contracted the virus and drive individuals out of the workforce.
“The risks of COVID-19 spread also vary widely depending on the nature of the business in question, many of which can have their employees, for example, work remotely,” the letter states.
“The one-size-fits-almost-all approach you have decreed makes clear that you intend to use the OSHA statute as a pretext to impose an unprecedented, controversial public health measure on a nationwide basis that only incidentally concerns the workplace.”
South Carolina was joined on the letter by the attorneys general of Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, West Virginia, and Wyoming.