By Jay Taylor | inMaricopa
Rep. Tom O’Halleran supports President Joe Biden’s vaccine mandate.
Arizona Congressman Tom O’Halleran supports President Joe Biden’s order for mandatory COVID-19 vaccine rules for large companies but told InMaricopa in an exclusive interview that he doesn’t believe businesses should be on the hook for the costs.
“I support the president and what he wants to do,” said O’Halleran, the U.S. representative from Congressional District 1, which includes Maricopa. “I think if we’re going to mandate things, we shouldn’t have businesses paying for it.”
Historically, he noted, vaccines have eradicated serious disease in this country and the world, saving lives.
“The underlying thing is, we beat smallpox by vaccine, we beat polio by vaccine,” O’Halleran said. “These are major things and I hate the thought process that we have to force people to take a vaccine. We’ve lost almost 700,000 people in our own country and many, many more have been impacted on a permanent basis.”