Florida Governor Ron DeSantis (R) said Thursday that he plans to sue President Joe Biden’s administration over any future vaccine mandates it might attempt to impose, the Washington Examiner reports.
In September, Biden announced a COVID-19 vaccine mandate on all employees who work for companies with 100 or more employees, but even a month later, the specific rules and enforcement of the mandate are still unclear.
The vaccine mandate does allow for weekly testing in place of being vaccinated, but it also imposes huge fines on employers that fail to comply with the requirements.
“Let’s not have Biden come in and effectively take away — threaten to take away — the jobs of people who have been working hard throughout this entire pandemic,” DeSantis said during a news conference in Fort Myers, Florida last week, Politico noted. “I am offended that a police officer could potentially lose their job.”
“It’s your choice”
The Republican governor said he would use the state’s court system and the legislature to fight against the vaccine mandates.
“I know Biden is trying to force this on everybody,” DeSantis said at the press event. “One, I think it’s your choice, I don’t think you should get fired over this issue, and we want to protect people’s jobs. But two, it is absolutely is going to have a negative impact on the economy.”
There are already over 10 million jobs available to Americans right now, as The Washington Post reported, and if 10% to 20% of workers are fired from their jobs for not following Biden’s vaccine mandate, it could be catastrophic to the U.S. economy, especially as it tries to mend from the worst of COVID-19 pandemic last year.
In some cities, like Chicago, local officials have already enacted vaccine mandates, and are already terminating or placing employees on leave for failing to comply, including essential workers like police officers, firefighters, and health care workers.
The termination and suspension of first responders raises questions about the potential secondary effects on the already violent and turbulent city, as far as not having enough personnel to respond to emergencies.
It is still unclear when Biden’s mandate will become an actual rule, and some have speculated that Biden will never actually issue the rule because he knows it’s unconstitutional.
NBC reported that the text for the mandate has been submitted to the U.S. Department of Labor, and noted that the COVID-19 vaccine mandate could be finalized as early as next week.
Questions remain concerning a number of issues related to the vaccine mandate, including exactly how the COVID-19 vaccination verification process will work, who’s responsible for funding weekly testing, the type of test required, and whether employees that work from home will be required to be vaccinated.