Gov. Kay Ivey on Thursday issued a response over the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling against President Joe Biden’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate for private employers.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) decree forced businesses with more than 100 employees to mandate COVID-19 vaccination for its workers or force them to regularly test for the virus.
The high court’s conservative justices, who outnumber the liberal justices six to three, ruled the Biden administration’s OSHA rule to be beyond the scope of the executive branch’s powers.
In her State of the State address earlier this week, Ivey outlined the state’s efforts to defeat against the Biden administration’s vaccine edicts. On Thursday, the governor commended the Supreme Court for halting the mandate’s enforcement.
“During my state of the state address earlier this week, I reaffirmed my commitment to fighting back against D.C. overreach and calling out their political games and nonsense when I see it,” noted Ivey. “Ever since the White House rolled out their scare tactic plans to try to force the COVID-19 vaccine on Americans, I assured the people of Alabama that we were standing firmly against it.”
She continued, “I said that we would win this battle in the courts, which is why I supported Alabama taking legal action against the Biden Administration’s failed attempt to mandate this vaccine. Today, the Supreme Court gave us a major victory by stopping OSHA’s vaccine mandate for large employers from going into effect.”
While celebrating the court striking down the private employer vaccine decree, Ivey conveyed her dissent to its decision to uphold the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) vaccine mandate for health care workers.
Ivey concluded, “However, I completely disagree with the Supreme Court’s decision to let the mandate on health care workers move forward. At a time when hospitals around the country are experiencing shortages and burnout in staff, why would they then run more off with an overreaching mandate by the president? I do not believe the White House is equipped to tell health care professionals they know better when it comes to medical advice.”
Dylan Smith is a staff writer for Yellowhammer News. You can follow him on Twitter @DylanSmithAL