Currently, businesses have the flexibility to choose the best course of action toward the mitigation of COVID-19, to include vaccinations, as well as testing and waivers (including religious, medical and natural immunity). Yet, some state and federal elected officials still believe in government intervention and mandates as a solution. The State Chamber has remained consistent that mandates are a one-size-fits-all approach that tie the hands of businesses behind their backs.
We applaud Governor Stitt for denouncing mandates and echo his comments that the federal government should not mandate a business require the vaccine. Likewise, the state of Oklahoma should not limit a business's choice to require the vaccine. Unlike politicians around the country who verbally say they espouse free enterprise principles, Governor Stitt, an experienced CEO, understands the tough decisions businesses must make, and is affording them the flexibility to meet their operational needs.
In the past two decades, the Supreme Court has affirmed businesses have the same 1st Amendment rights as individuals. Elected officials must give businesses the space to make specific, tailored decisions that make sense for their business, employees and customers. We're hopeful Oklahoma will continue to fight burdensome mandates instead of cowering to Washington, D.C. theatrics.
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