Rokita: Federal vaccine rules ‘egregious and insidious’

Indiana Attorney Gen. Todd Rokita announced how his office will challenge a federal vaccine...
Indiana Attorney Gen. Todd Rokita announced how his office will challenge a federal vaccine rule affecting millions of workers(WPTA)
Published: Nov. 4, 2021 at 4:38 PM EDT
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INDIANAPOLIS (WPTA) - Attorney General Todd Rokita on Thursday said he will attack a federal vaccine rule on procedural grounds via a series of lawsuits.

In a news conference, Rokita said the State of Indiana would suffer “irreparable harm” should the requirements take effect.

The Biden Administration announced earlier in the day that its vaccine rules applying to private businesses with 100 or more employees, certain health care workers and federal contractors will take effect Jan. 4.

The rules stipulate that employees that fall into those groups will need to have received the necessary shots to be fully vaccinated, either two doses of Pfizer or Moderna’s vaccine or one dose of Johnson & Johnson’s vaccine, or undergo regular testing for COVID-19.

Rokita said he’s seeking a stay of the requirement from the 7th Circuit Court.

“This is not a workplace issue,” he said. “It’s been with us. It’s been with us in our homes. It’s been with us on our sports teams. It’s been in our kids schools. It’s been with us everywhere.

“So it’s, again, egregious and insidious that you would use something, a body of law that was intended to protect workers at the workplace, to use it in this fashion to cover something that’s a much bigger part of our lives. And that’s how we’re going to win this case by the way.”

Biden Administration officials are defending the regulation and believe it will go a long way toward ending a pandemic that has killed more than 750,000 Americans.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration says companies that fail to comply could face penalties of nearly $14,000 per violation.

The requirements will apply to about 84 million workers at medium and large businesses.

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