(WJHL) – Last week, a group of 55 volunteer state county mayors signed a letter to Governor Bill Lee expressing concern about the impending federal mandate for the COVID-19 vaccine.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has finalized a first draft of President Joe Biden’s emergency order that orders companies with 100 or more employees to demand the COVID-19 vaccine or be tested weekly.
âWhen it comes to a decision on that kind of a personal level of magnitude, I think that decision is best left to the individual,â said Greene County Mayor Kevin Morrison.
Not only does Morrison believe the rights of Tennessee citizens are at risk, he also believes any attempt to impose the COVID-19 vaccine would be unconstitutional.
“The fact that the government demands that something be put in your body that you cannot take away, that you can oppose – whether religious or otherwise – that is not the country we signed up for.” , did he declare.
Sullivan County Mayor Richard Venable also believes any regulations regarding a COVID-19 vaccine mandate would be an overrun.
âEvery time the government tries to use a tool that is not appropriate, it hurts us – and it can significantly hurt our local economy,â he said.
Venable believes the tenure would cause some employees to quit their jobs at companies that have already suffered from the effects of the pandemic in the past 19 months.
âWe are not at a time when we have to strangle our business,â he said.
Venable told News Channel 11 that he encourages those who choose to wear a mask and get vaccinated against COVID-19 to do so. But, the key word is choice.
“It is an individual and personal choice and it must be left to that individual and that personal choice.”