He added: “Throughout our history we have seen that we have used vaccine requirements to protect the population. It even started with George Washington demanding that troops be vaccinated against smallpox. ”Murthy also referred to past and current mandates for vaccines in schools, hospitals and the military.
The OSHA mandate, which would force companies with at least 100 employees to request the Covid vaccine for these employees or to test these employees weekly, has drawn legal challenges from more than half of the states.
The 5th District Court of Appeals in New Orleans temporarily blocked the mandate on Saturday, saying, “The petitions give rise to the assumption that there are serious legal and constitutional problems with the mandate.” The court gave the US government until Monday 5:00 p.m. time to respond to plaintiffs’ motion for an injunction.
Murthy noted that the United States still has “75,000 cases a day,” Murthy said the mandate will ultimately have great benefits for the economy and society at large.
“There are times when we realize that our choices have a wider impact on the people around us. Covid reminded us of that. And therefore, such job requirements will not only be helpful – it is a necessary step in accelerating our way out of the pandemic, ”he said.
The OSHA mandate is expected to affect more than 80 million private sector workers across the country – other national and local mandates affect government employees – although many of them have already been vaccinated against Covid-19. Critics have claimed the mandate will disrupt the economy and violate the constitutional rights of individuals.