Jacobs praises Supreme Court decision blocking vaccine mandate for larger businesses

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 13 January 2022 at 8:25 pm

Congressman Chris Jacobs, R-Orchard Park, has issued a statement in support of the Supreme Court decision today, blocking President Joe Biden’s vaccine and testing requirement aimed at businesses with over 100 employees.

“Today, the Supreme Court affirmed what I and my Republican colleagues have been saying for weeks: this vaccine mandate is unconstitutional and the President vastly overstepped his authority in trying to enforce it,” Jacobs said. “While I am vaccinated, that is a decision that should only be made between an individual and their physician.

“President Biden – or any government official – should have no role in that private medical decision, and they certainly should not coerce people to get vaccinated out of a fear of termination or retaliation,” Jacobs said. “The President must rescind this and his other mandates, and work instead to support small businesses and our economic recovery – not create more problems with his divisive and unconstitutional policies.”

The Supreme Court decided that a vaccine mandate for certain health care workers to go into effect nationwide.

Biden issued a statement that criticized the ruling against a vaccine mandate for employees at larger businesses, but he praised the decision on health care workers.

“I am disappointed that the Supreme Court has chosen to block common-sense life-saving requirements for employees at large businesses that were grounded squarely in both science and the law,” Biden said. “It is now up to States and individual employers to determine whether to make their workplaces as safe as possible for employees, and whether their businesses will be safe for consumers during this pandemic by requiring employees to take the simple and effective step of getting vaccinated.”