Gov. Kay Ivey warns Biden, OSHA vaccine mandate could create 'economic damage' in Alabama

In the letter, which was sent to Assistant Secretary of Labor Douglas Parker on Friday, Ivey urged OSHA to not adopt its COVID-19 Vaccination and Testing Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) avere un “final standard or ruleas she claims the ETS ismisguidedand that any standard based off of it would be a “sbaglio.”

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Republican Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey speaks to Fox News about Big Tech and her opposition to President Joe Biden's proposed coronavirus vaccine mandates.

Republican Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey speaks to Fox News about Big Tech and her opposition to President Joe Biden’s proposed coronavirus vaccine mandates. (Brandon Gillespie)

While voicing her opposition to the vaccine mandate, which is facing numerous court battles, Ivey urged OSHA to discontinue the mandatesooner, rather than lateras it increasesvaccine skepticism in Alabamaand continues todisrupt the State’s economy.

She also stated she believes a final standard based on the ETS could beharmful to businesses in Alabama” come “significant percentages of Alabama’s workforce have not received at least one doseof the vaccine.

Given all the efforts to educate and persuade Alabamians of the vaccine’s safety and effectiveness, I can only conclude that many Alabamians have profound – and sincere – medical, religioso, or other reasons not to take it,” Ivey wrote. “I believe that enforcement of the ETS may lead many Alabamians to quit their jobs and leave the workforce – in the middle of a substantial labor shortage, no less – or to seek work at businesses not covered by the mandate.

A pharmacist prepares a syringe of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine at Queen Anne Healthcare. (AP Photo / Ted S. Warren)

A pharmacist prepares a syringe of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine at Queen Anne Healthcare. (AP Photo / Ted S. Warren)

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