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State, local leaders consider possible impact of president’s COVID vaccinations, testing requirement

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KRDO) -- Gov. Jared Polis said that he is waiting for more details from the U.S. Department of Labor regarding President Joe Biden's announcement Thursday on expanded COVID-19 protocols for large employers.

Biden said that he will ask the Labor Department to oversee requiring that employers with 100 or more workers require those employees to be fully vaccinated or submit to regular testing.

Polis discussed the matter Friday during a briefing in Denver.

"We're still waiting for details and guidance on a lot of that," he said. "So we don't have more to provide about the specifics. We're awaiting that."

Biden said that several weeks ago, the state began following a form of the president's mandate, in requiring vaccinations for state employees who have "a custodial relationship with people."

"Youth facilities, our veterans' facility, people who have no choice but to be around our state workers," he said. "We have a responsibility to protect their safety. We, the state, are implementing that for ourselves but many private employers -- Chevron, United Airlines -- are doing it, as well."

Polis said that the state won't be responsible for enforcing the federal mandate.

The governor also discussed whether private employers will have free or paid testing.

"There's a very large number they threw out of tests that they have ordered," he said. "It seems that it's beyond the number that would just be for the public sector. So I'm hoping out of that large number of tests, that will include availability for private employers who choose to implement testing."

Polis said that he's happy Biden's mandate will increase overall testing capacity, but he has yet to receive a timetable for it.

Finally, the governor delivered a message to Colorado residents:

"Don't wait until your employer, your governor or your president asks you to get vaccinated. Do it yourself."

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Scott Harrison

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  1. OSHA would exceed its mandate by trying to enforce the shot mandate. It will be challenged and will fail. Many years ago they were in a legal battle over their powers and they lost. OSHA has to be invited to a job site or requested to do an accident investigation, they can not just step in. This info comes from the local OSHA compliance rep. So how is OSHA to enforce the mandate for companies with more than 100. They can’t. Plus if it is a rule for one it is a rule for all, you can’t say it applies to certain companies based on their size.

      1. No they don’t. Show me where. I have personal experience being a business owner. If it is a safety rule it does not matter the size of the company. Ever heard of discrimination…..

  2. “Polis said that the state won’t be responsible for enforcing the federal mandate.”
    If the State will not enforce then who will? OSHA or even the Labor Department would have to create a new division just to support this task. They would have to hire personnel first, then train them, then deploy them to non-existent local community sub-stations where there is employment of businesses over 100 people NATIONWIDE. The logistics of this alone should show this will fail. Not even counting the failure of the suppl ychain that would be required to keep this operational. These are the acts of desperation, fear, and control. Why, when it is simply not backed by the science and legality to force injection of substances into people against their will.
    Love My Country, Fear my Government.

  3. I’d point out that it appears to me, that ‘they’ are NOT “asking” for US to be vaccinated, But DEMANDING!! I don’t care if it’s ‘free’! I have refused vaccines from onset of adulthood. THAT’S MY CHOICE, one Not FORCED onto anyone else. Not a traveler, and if not feeling well, other than a headache or migraine, won’t go out, won’t let any in our household to do so either than to the doctors. There’s a Spit Test that’s non invasive, but as far as I know, it’s not being used here. Want to make testing as uncomfortable as ‘they’ can, gives just another reason to rebel.

    1. If this was and actual pandemic I would have been one of the first in line to get the shot(s). But, this isn’t an actual pandemic and only affects a certain segment of the population, therefore, no shot(s) for me. It’s all political and with the election forthcoming, this all they have, since Old Joe has blown everything else.

      1. I Agree! Only about 0.04% of human population died of about 3% that were infected, most Unnoticeably. Using Overblown Hysteria to Promote CONTROL is Anti-American.

  4. Psalm 107:17 “Some became fools through their rebellious ways and suffered affliction because of their iniquities.”
    Proverbs 10:23-25 Doing wrong is fun for a fool, but living wisely brings pleasure to the sensible.

    1. Joshua 24:15 “And if it seem evil unto you to serve the LORD, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.”

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