First of all, this is what I believe about Covid vaccinations:
- Each individual should make the decision whether or not to be vaccinated, and we should respect the decision of others.
- Vaccines should not be mandated by government, and businesses should not be pressured by government to comply by threats of punishment.
- None of us has all of the facts. Granted, politicians and government agencies have been shown to make claims about the vaccines that are not true, and there have been some proven side effects of the vaccines. Keep in mind that there is no medical procedure or medication that is risk free. Whether or not the vaccines are more of a plus than a minus is yet to be known.
We have all seen the protests throughout the world against vaccine mandates and passports:
Now it seems that – at least in the USA – these protests are having an effect. As airline pilots refuse to fly, and firefighters, policemen and nurses quit, businesses are feeling the bite. Now some businesses are saying that it is impossible to comply with government mandates and some are apparently willing to give up their status as federal government contractors. After all, if they are unable to continue doing business because a large percentage of their workforce refuses to comply, which is worse: losing their status as a government contractor, or being unable to continue their business operations at all?
Objections among certain vendors over President Joe Biden’s vaccine mandate for federal contractors are reaching an inflection point. As the deadline for workforce vaccination approaches, some trucking companies are mulling whether to end their work with the federal government altogether, according to two industry insiders.
In an interview, the American Trucking Associations’ executive vice president for advocacy Bill Sullivan told POLITICO that some companies may simply decide that the cost of the mandate is not worth the government’s checks. Sullivan said he has raised concerns to the White House, Office of Management and Budget and other executive branch officials. He noted that if companies drop their contracts, it may be harder to get certain foods to troops, transport fuel for military vehicles, or even deploy the National Guard.
“I am confident but with heavy heart recognize a vaccine mandate will mean less capacity for the government as a customer of freight,” he said. “It has the potential to seriously impact military readiness.” His association has also warned that it could also delay deliveries to consumers during the holiday season. “I feel like the president has tried to be beautifully simple like this could apply to everybody, and by doing that, there will be an impact,” he said. . .
It seems that the White House is beginning to back down a bit.
But interviews with more than a dozen industry advocates across the aerospace, distribution, defense and trucking sectors — some of whom have also been in discussions with administration officials — reveal they either have little confidence they will be able to meet the Dec. 8 deadline for their workers to receive their first vaccine shot or expressed concerns about difficulties the mandate would pose on their labor force.
The White House has repeatedly insisted — both in private meetings and publicly — that the federal contractors can avoid potential service disruptions during the holiday season. The Biden administration says that companies need not fire employees come Dec. 8 but instead must begin counseling them on the vaccine’s benefits and the ramifications for noncompliance. . .
But not enough. Do you believe that “non-compliant” employees will change their minds when they are counseled in government recommended reeducation groups? I don’t.
But when asked at Wednesday’s White House press briefing about the trucking industry’s request that the administration push back the OSHA deadline for the first vaccine shot, press secretary Jen Psaki said there were no plans to change the timeline.
In trucking, where the average rate of vaccination among surveyed carriers was 50 percent as of September according to ATA, the concern about the mandates’ impact on the supply chain is acute. In a letter to the White House’s acting administrator of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs Sharon Block provided to POLITICO, ATA estimated that companies impacted by the mandates could lose up to 37 percent of their drivers based on a survey. . .
. . . industry groups are unmoved. In addition to terminating their government contracts, at least one organization is weighing legal action. In light of the proposed vaccine mandate on employers with more than 100 employees, American Trucking Associations CEO Chris Spear said the group was “examining all options.” Sullivan said a lawsuit over the mandates was still on the table.
I don’t think it will come to the place where businesses commit suicide by firing a large percentage of their workers. It would be crippling, and who could they hire to replace those they fire? Businesses already have a problem hiring new employees.
I also don’t believe that the government can – legally – mandate that private employees must be vaccinated, either by OSHA rule or any other.