Clarksville City Council Majority Votes to Submit Vaccine Mandate | News


CLARKSVILLE, Indiana (WDRB) – The back and forth around a federal vaccine mandate has caused cities like Clarksville, Indiana to consider their own policies.

“This is a very big thing for the city,” City Councilor Mike Mustain said Thursday.

Clarksville, although technically a town still functions much like a town, employing over 100 people.

“I prefer to take it slow and get it right,” Mustain said.

City council voted Thursday night to drop its conversation on what was considered the federal vaccine mandate.

Mustain said the name “vaccination mandate” gives it a bad connotation.

“It was almost vilified by people saying this is a vaccine warrant,” he said. “This is a mandate of COVID policies and procedures coming up. “

The policy comes from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and says companies with more than 100 employees must require their employees to be vaccinated or subjected to an indoor mask and COVID testing. -19 weekly.

“We follow OSHA guidelines every day in the workplace. It is no different from other OSHA guidelines or federal guidelines,” said Mustain.

He supports the policy, but chose to table it at the council meeting because there is still a chance that things will continue to change, given the ongoing national legal battles.

City Councilor John Gilkey voted against tabling the policy, saying the city shouldn’t wait.

“Filing the case in the hope that the Supreme Court will overturn the mandate is, in my opinion, a breach of the responsibility of municipal officials to protect the city’s workforce and the general public,” Gilkey said. in a press release.

“I’m not going to say John was wrong. I just think we need to get that a bit closer to the edge before we put in something that might need to be revised,” Mustain said.

The majority sided with Mustain and the board is set to discuss the policy again on January 4. Meanwhile, the U.S. Supreme Court is expected to hear the matter on January 7.

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