January 13, 2022

Indiana government leaders react to Supreme Court vaccine mandate opinions

Article origination Indiana Public Media
The United States Supreme Court Building.  - Justin Hicks/IPB News

The United States Supreme Court Building.

Justin Hicks/IPB News

Gov. Eric Holcomb said he “respects” two opinions issued from the U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday. One blocked vaccine requirements for large employers. Another upheld requirements for health care workers in medical facilities that receive federal dollars.

Holcomb said in a statement he still believes a COVID-19 vaccine is the “number one tool” to protect Hoosiers. But he also contends neither state nor federal government should issue vaccination requirements on businesses.

READ MORE: Supreme Court blocks Biden's vaccine-or-test mandate for large private companies

Meanwhile, Attorney General Todd Rokita said in a statement the court correctly decided against the “intrusive federal overreach of the OSHA rule.”

He said he’ll continue to fight vaccination requirements for federal contractors and child care workers who benefit from federal Head Start funds.

Contact reporter Justin at jhicks@wvpe.org or follow him on Twitter at @Hicks_JustinM.

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