By FOX 10 Phoenix
PHOENIX – On Sept. 9, a number of Arizona leaders reacted to President Joe Biden’s announcement of a vaccine mandate for employers with more than 100 workers.
The new vaccine requirements could affect as many as 100 million Americans. Under the mandate, all employers with more than 100 workers will have to require their workers to be vaccinated, or undergo tests for the virus weekly. In addition, the roughly 17 million workers at health facilities that receive federal Medicare or Medicaid also will have to be fully vaccinated.
President Joe Biden is overreaching with his new requirement for employees of large businesses to be vaccinated or regularly tested for COVID-19, Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey said Thursday.
The Republican governor said Arizona will fight back but repeatedly declined to say on how the state would respond.
“It looks like a decree from a would-be ruler. If Congress were to pass a law that required vaccination and the President signed that law, then maybe that law would be constitutional,” said Logan Elia from Rose Law Group. “Exposure to unvaccinated people is not an occupational issue,” said Elia. “There’s a real legal issue as to whether OSHA has the authority to do this, and I think they do not.”