Indiana GOP bill stymies workplace COVID-19 vaccine mandates

FILE - This  Jan. 15, 2021, file photo, shows the Indiana Statehouse in Indianapolis.
FILE - This Jan. 15, 2021, file photo, shows the Indiana Statehouse in Indianapolis.(Source: AP Photo/Michael Conroy, File)
Published: Nov. 23, 2021 at 10:47 AM EST
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INDIANAPOLIS (AP and WPTA21) — Indiana’s governor is holding back from supporting a Republican proposal that would force businesses to grant COVID-19 vaccination requirement exemptions without questions.

The proposal announced Saturday would also block similar immunization rules by state universities and rejects an appeal by the state’s largest business organization to leave such decisions up to employers.

The proposal includes administrative actions sought last week by Gov. Eric Holcomb that he said will allow him to end the statewide COVID-19 public health emergency order that’s been in place since March 2020. But it also has provisions that would give workers broad exemptions from employer vaccine mandates.

“Indiana and Hoosiers need every tool possible to protect their families and put the pandemic behind us. Eliminating certain tools - like vaccine recommendations and emergency powers - puts the state in a weaker position to achieve this goal just as another wave is hitting Indiana and putting more lives at risk. Unfortunately, it appears Indiana Republicans want to rebrand President Joe Biden’s testing requirements as their own for nothing but partisan purposes and at the expense of businesses across the state. Indiana Democrats continue to urge Hoosiers to get vaccinated and help the state put COVID-19 in the rearview mirror.”

Lauren Ganapini, executive director of the Indiana Democratic Party

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