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Ohio AG Yost Joins Vaccination Mandate Lawsuit In opposition to Biden’s Authorities

Yost suggested that a vaccination order for health workers could lead to mass strikes, making it harder for Ohioans to get medical help.

Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost has joined a Louisiana lawsuit against the Biden government’s coronavirus vaccine mandate for certain health care workers.

As LegalReader.com previously reported, the White House has ordered that all health facilities that receive federal funding ensure that their employees are fully vaccinated.

The mandate would affect most of the facilities participating in the government-sponsored Medicare and Medicaid programs. If enforced, the rule would affect up to 17 million workers in the United States.

Biden’s vaccination recommendations have been welcomed by many medical professionals: The American Medical Association, along with several other major industry groups, has stated that vaccination is necessary to prevent health care workers from accidentally infecting people susceptible to the coronavirus, including unvaccinated children and immunocompromised people.

It has met stiff resistance from conservatives and people who believe coronavirus vaccines are not safe.

Cleveland.com notes that the lawsuit was originally filed by Louisiana’s Attorney General Jeff Landry.

Landry, a Republican, said his state will not allow the Biden administration to “harass” health care workers.

Former Vice President and current President Joe Biden on the campaign trail in 2019. Image via Flickr / User: Gage Skidmore. (CCA-BY-2.0).

“The federal government will not impose medical tyranny on Louisiana’s people without my best fight,” Landry said in a statement announcing the lawsuit.

Yost, when announcing Ohio’s participation in the lawsuit, echoed Landry’s opinion and condemned Biden’s mandate as an “unlawful use of executive power.”

“The Biden government is playing legal shell games with the courts and is trying to justify an unjustified and unprecedented attempt to federalize public health policy and reduce the constitutional powers of sovereign states,” said the multi-state lawsuit.

“It is an illegal use of executive power,” Yost said in a separate statement. “The president does not have the power to make health decisions for Americans.”

Yost also said a widespread vaccination mandate could induce many health care workers to leave their positions, which would exacerbate long-term care waiting times across the country.

“We saw the challenges nursing homes and other institutions had in retaining and recruiting staff,” said Yost. “This mandate, and the likely subsequent strikes, will only exacerbate these challenges – leaving vulnerable Ohioans without adequate care.”

Yost, notes Cleveland.com, has joined other Republican-led lawsuits against the Biden government, including the White House’s vaccine requirement for federal entrepreneurs and for companies that employ 100 or more people.

More than 26,000 Ohio residents have died from the novel coronavirus since the pandemic began in March 2020, according to WKYC.

Almost two years later, only 52% of Ohioans are fully vaccinated against the disease.

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Dave Yost of Ohio joins lawsuit against the state COVID vaccine mandate for health care workers

Ohio-based Dave Yost joins lawsuit challenging Biden’s health care worker vaccine mandate

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