Federal vaccine rule for private businesses to kick in on Jan. 4

Idaho officials have vowed to fight new rules, and will address the issue in a special legislative session Nov. 15 in Boise

By: - November 4, 2021 9:05 am
patient getting vaccine

In this file photo, a patient receives her booster dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus vaccine during an Oakland County Health Department vaccination clinic at the Southfield Pavilion on Aug. 24, 2021, in Southfield, Michigan. Oakland County was the second county in Michigan to reach the state’s goal of vaccinating 70% of its population. (Emily Elconin/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON — Many private employers beginning in January will have to ensure their workers either are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or that they will undergo weekly testing and wear a face covering, under a new federal rule announced Thursday by the White House.

“Not surprisingly, President Biden is plowing forward with his OSHA rule to punish America’s businesses – yet another unprecedented federal overreach into the private sector,” Little said. “I have been actively working with Attorney General Lawrence Wasden and my legal team, and we will join a multistate lawsuit Friday to stop this latest attempt to force the private sector to police President Biden’s vaccine mandates.”

Little announced last week he signed onto another multistate lawsuit challenging Biden’s vaccine mandates for federal contractors.

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Laura Olson
Laura Olson

Laura covers the nation's capital as a senior reporter for States Newsroom, a network of nonprofit outlets that includes the Idaho Capital Sun. Her areas of coverage include politics and policy, lobbying, elections, and campaign finance.