The following is a statement from Daniel P. Mehan, president and CEO of the Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry:
“The Biden Administration’s new COVID-19 vaccine and testing mandate is the wrong approach for business. As always, the Missouri Chamber will stand against attempts to place new government mandates on our employer community.
Each workplace is different and employers have long held the right to establish vaccine policies that work for their businesses. The Missouri Chamber believes all employers should continue to have this right when it comes to the COVID-19 vaccine.
In contrast with Biden Administration’s approach, we believe the federal government should instead cooperate with the employer community to encourage vaccination and support employers that exercise their legal right to require vaccination.
It’s unfortunate that this new federal policy will likely further divide public sentiment around COVID-19 vaccination. The Missouri Chamber believes that vaccination remains key to our economic recovery. We need more Missourians to get vaccinated so that we can begin to put this pandemic behind us. The Missouri Chamber will continue leading in this effort and we strongly encourage all Missourians to get vaccinated against COVID-19.”
The Missouri Chamber is leading the statewide COVID Stops Here campaign which recognizes employers that achieve widespread vaccination. Hundreds of Missouri employers are currently participating in this voluntary program. Learn more: www.mocahmber.dreamhosters.com/CovidStopsHere/