The Iowa Labor Commissioner announced on Friday that the state would not adopt the federal OSHA standard requiring that all employees working in companies with 100 or more employees be vaccinated against COVID-19 or be tested weekly for the virus.
“After closely reviewing the federal OSHA Vaccine Mandate, Iowa has determined it will not adopt the federal standard,” Commissioner Rod Roberts said in a statement. “Iowa has concluded that it is not necessary because Iowa’s existing standards are at least as effective as the federal standard change.”
Governor Kim Reynolds (R) championed the decision, saying, “We are going to continue to protect the freedoms and liberties of Iowans. The Biden Administration continues to ignore the constitutional rights afforded to all Americans, which our country was built on.”
“Instead, they’d rather dictate health care decisions and eliminate personal choice, causing our businesses and employees to suffer and exacerbating our workforce shortage,” she added.
The Supreme Court heard oral arguments on Friday concerning the mandate and whether an injunction staying it until the full case can be heard should stand.
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