The Biden administration Surgeon General, Dr. Vivek Murthy, said Sunday that his agency would be monitoring COVID-19 vaccine exemptions to make sure they aren’t being abused.
Murthy said that businesses have welcomed the mandate, which will be enforced through the Occupational Health and Safety Agency (OSHA).
“A lot of businesses are actually relieved that these are going into place,” Murthy told CNN. “And we’ve heard a lot of feedback from the Business Roundtable and others that this will help create safer workplaces. This is what we’ve got to do to get to the next phase of this pandemic response so that we can get through this and get back to normal once and for all.”
“Unfortunately, as a country, we have experience in dealing with exemptions, but we’ve got to be vigilant there and make sure that people are using them, you know, in the spirit that they’re intended and not abusing them or asking for exemptions when they don’t apply,” Murthy said. “That’s an area that we continue to monitor in the days and weeks ahead.”
Somehow it seems doubtful that businesses are thrilled about more requirements and regulations that will cost them money and quite possibly, valued employees.
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