Two Indiana politicians weigh in on US Supreme Court’s vaccine mandate ruling

Published: Jan. 13, 2022 at 10:18 PM EST
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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Fort Wayne’s NBC) - Thursday afternoon, the Supreme Court blocked the Biden administration’s vaccine-or-testing mandate for large businesses.

Fort Wayne’s NBC News talked with Indiana Congressman Jim Banks who says he’s pleased with one of the supreme court’s decisions but not the other.

“This is unfortunate. Our healthcare heroes deserve better,” He said.

Congressman Banks praised the high court for striking down the Biden administration’s vaccine mandate for businesses but says the justices’ decision not to do the same for certain healthcare workers isn’t right. He says people in that industry are quitting because of the restrictions.

“We have a crisis in our health facilities because of this mandate, so that is the unfortunate part of this decision by the Supreme Court and this has an effect on all of us. All of us as healthcare consumers are going to be affected,” Banks said.

However, Dr. Chris Weaver from IU Health said the mandate is not to blame for an employee shortage where he works. He says healthcare providers are tired, working more hours and treating more patients than ever before.

“I’ll go ahead and answer the question that comes up frequently of how much of the workforce shortage or strain comes from the vaccine requirement, I’ll tell you that is not what is leading to our healthcare workforce shortage, in at least our health system,” Weaver said.

President Biden said that he’s disappointed with the decision but plans to encourage private business owners to voluntarily impose vaccine mandates.

“We have to keep working together in order to get this done and save more lives,” White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said.

Indiana Senator Mike Braun took at least partial credit for the high court’s decision.

“Made me proud and I was able to lead that effort. It was so hard on the businesses across the country, back in Indiana, it was a non-stop discussion. Finally, now we can breathe a sigh of relief and breathe a little easier that Supreme Court is weighing in,” Braun said.

“Joe Biden can’t get away with forcing businesses to force their employees to be vaccinated. That is un-American. It is bad for our economy, it’s bad for our country and I’m glad the courts struck it down,” Banks said.

The CDC reports that 208-million Americans which is nearly 63-percent of the population are fully vaccinated while a third of those received booster shots.

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