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Indiana State Senator Dennis Kruse plans to introduce bill to try and stop President Biden’s employer vaccine mandate

Updated: Oct. 21, 2021 at 3:01 PM EDT
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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WPTA) - State Senator, Republican Dennis Kruse is pushing back against President Biden’s mandate to require COVID-19 vaccines for companies with 100 or more workers.

He says he is working with other state lawmakers to create a bill to keep the mandate from applying to the Hoosier state.

Senator Kruse told me he plans to introduce his bill after the first of the year. “I think we should have the liberty to decide if we want a vaccine or not,” Kruse said.

ABC21 talked with Kruse about the reasons behind his opinions and how he thinks requiring this vaccine may differ from other vaccine requirements.

In “U.S. News and World Report,” the president of the Indiana Chamber of Commerce said requiring workers to be vaccinated should be an employer’s decision. Some large companies in the Hoosier state like Eli Lilly and Anthem have mandates. Kruse doesn’t think any employers should be allowed to mandate the vaccine.

“I do not agree with that. It should be up to the individual, not the company,” he said.

This will be Senator Kruse’s second attempt at this kind of legislation and he says he may try to introduce two bills on the issue. His attempt this year, failed.

“I still have two or three groups that are working with me drafting a new bill. I have not met with them yet and if I meet with them, they may have a couple of ideas of new language that I might have a third bill myself,” Kruse said.

Kruse has not been vaccinated. He spent ten days in September in an intensive care unit bed at Parkview Regional Medical Center battling COVID-19.

“These have not had the proper approval process that most vaccines have to go through so this is an emergency order and I think there are potential consequences from this vaccine in general for the population as a whole. I don’t think they’re safe for everybody,” he said.

The Pfizer vaccine has received full FDA approval. The CDC says the COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective and they met the FDA’s “rigorous scientific standards for safety.”

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