The State Chamber has consistently opposed mandates on businesses during this pandemic - ranging from essential business designations to masks and now regarding vaccination. Employers are still struggling to recover from the pandemic. Businesses must have the ability to make their own decisions based on their social, cultural and geographic needs, not what the government thinks they need. Forcing businesses in either direction, whether to require or not require a vaccine, is setting a dangerous 'one-size-fits-all' approach.
- Chad Warmington, President & CEO, The State Chamber
As new information becomes available, The State Chamber will add new details to this page concerning the expected Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) ruling from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).
Reaction from Oklahoma Leaders:
"It is not the government's role to dictate private businesses what to do. Once again President Biden is demonstrating his complete disregard for individual freedoms and states' rights. As long as I am governor, there will be no government vaccine mandates in Oklahoma. My administration will continue to defend Oklahoma values and fight back against the Biden administration's federal overreach."
- Governor Kevin Stitt
"This is a gross overreach by President Biden and I support our state's efforts to protect Oklahoma employers and employees from this federal mandate. The vaccines are safe and effective, but it should remain a choice for each of us to decide whether to get vaccinated. The federal government should not interfere in the decision-making of a private business on the steps it takes to protect the health and safety of its employees and customers."
"A federal mandate is a terrible way to convince more people to get vaccinated and I am disappointed the president would choose this path rather than working alongside state and local officials, and private business, to further address this health care crisis."
- Senate President Pro Tempore Greg Treat
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