OSHA announced on Tuesday that they will stop requiring large employers to mandate their employees take the COVID-19 vaccine.
Earlier this month, the Supreme Court blocked President Biden’s vaccine mandate for large companies. This ruling does not, however, prevent corporations from implementing their own vaccine mandate. OSHA’s original mandate was adopted on November 5th, 2021, and required all businesses larger than 100 employees to mandate COVID-19 vaccination or regular testing.
Starbucks wasted no time, announcing that they will no longer require their employees to be vaccinated or regularly tested, while others, such as Carhartt, are standing by their vaccine mandates. Consumers all around the United States will be forced to decide whether or not to boycott brands with vaccine mandates.
The United States was founded on the values of freedom and liberty, but do these mandates take them away? Do private companies have the right to force these mandates? One thing we know for sure is that we have not heard the last of the vaccine mandate saga. 2022 is an election year and we will be paying close attention to the rulings of the Supreme Court and the laws passed by politicians to ensure fairness to the American People.