Reynolds calls Biden’s COVID vaccine mandate plan ‘dangerous and unprecedented’
Des Moines Register: Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds on Thursday harshly criticized President Joe Biden’s announcement that federal agencies and businesses would be required to vaccinate their employees against COVID-19. Reynolds, a Republican, has urged eligible Iowans to get vaccinated against COVID-19, but has strongly opposed mandating vaccinations. “President Biden is taking dangerous and unprecedented steps to insert the federal government even further into our lives while dismissing the ability of Iowans and Americans to make health care decisions for themselves,” Reynolds said in a statement. The centerpiece of Biden’s plan would require businesses with more than 100 employees ensure their workers are vaccinated or tested weekly, a rule that could affect more than 80 million people. The Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration will develop the rule, which could result in penalties of up to $14,000 per violation.