US Navy Shipyard Backs Off on Vaccination Requirements

US Navy Shipyard Backs Off on Vaccination Requirements

( – In September, President Joe Biden announced sweeping vaccine mandates. All federal employees, contractors and private companies with more than 100 employees would have to require workers to get the COVID-19 vaccine. The private sector was allowed to put a strict testing requirement in place for those who objected to getting the jab. The mandates essentially bullied people into undergoing a medical procedure that they might not want or lose their jobs.

In November, the Biden administration pushed the deadline back for the vaccine mandate. However, it ended up being futile as a court halted it. Now a US federal contractor is ending the mandate for its employees.

No More Jabs Required

On November 16, Huntington Ingalls Industries President and CEO Mike Petters, the company that owns Newport News Shipyard, sent a message to all employees to let them know about the vaccine mandate suspension. The Virginia company builds ships for the US Navy. The shipyard previously required all of its 25,000 employees to get the vaccine by January 4, Biden’s extended deadline.

In a statement on Facebook, Newport News Shipbuilding President Jennifer Boykin said the following changes will take place:

  • COVID-19 vaccines will no longer be required for current or leased employees.
  • Employees who resigned or retired as the result of the mandate may return to work.
  • Subcontractors don’t need to be vaccinated either.
  • Employees who work offsite need to follow the guidance at the locations where they work.

Boykin said the company still encourages all of the employees to get vaccinated, even though it isn’t required. She explained that if they do receive the shots, they should submit their vaccine records to the company so its files can be updated in case the federal mandate goes into effect again. The company will also continue to do contact tracing and force workers to quarantine if they came into close contact with someone who tests positive.

Future of Vaccine Mandates

Biden’s vaccine mandate for private companies was struck down for now, but it could go into effect again. The case is still winding its way through the system. It could ultimately end up in the Supreme Court, where the justices could uphold it. The high court has already refused to strike down two vaccine mandates. At this point, it’s merely speculation.

Once again, it’s worth noting that Biden, a pro-choice politician who claims women have the right to body autonomy, is trying to take that right away from workers across the country and force them to get vaccinations. The irony is unbelievable.

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