Indiana joins several other states attempting to stop a vaccine mandate

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Indiana has joined with Mississippi and several other states in filing a lawsuit to stop the mandate that employers require their employees to get the coronavirus vaccine. Indiana Atty. Gen. Todd Rokita said the third lawsuit was filed Monday afternoon, and is aimed at stopping the requirement for health care workers who work for Medicaid and Medicare programs.

“No pandemic gives President Biden the authority to ignore the Constitution and the rule of law,” said Rokita. “And my office will use every means at our disposal to protect Hoosiers’ liberties from this president’s gross executive overreach.”

Other states joining Indiana and Mississippi in the suit include Alabama, Arizona, Georgia, Idaho, Louisiana, Montana, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Utah and West Virginia.

The first suit was filed Nov. 4, challenging the rule requiring vaccination for everyone working for federal contractors, including some state entities.

The second lawsuit, filed Nov. 5 challenged an Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) rule forcing all employers with 100 or more workers to require all employees to be vaccinated (or produce weekly negative COVID-19 tests).

On Nov. 12, Indiana and the other states asked the court to enjoin the contractor mandate immediately, while the lawsuit is pending.

“We’re already seeing the positive results of likeminded attorneys general taking a strong stand for citizens’ rights,” said Rokita. “Here in Indiana, we will remain relentless in our fight against these intrusive edicts by a socialist-leaning president.”

Rokita has asked the court to act immediately in stopping the mandate for Medicaid and Medicare workers.

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