The attorneys general of 24 U.S. states has sent a letter to President Joe Biden warning that they will take legal action if the administration does not repeal the executive order on compulsory vaccination of workers.
The corresponding statement is posted on the website of South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson.
"Regardless of how you feel about vaccines, President Biden's executive order is illegal, and unless the administration changes course, we will pursue all legal options to repeal it," Wilson said.
"I am fully vaccinated and encourage anyone who can to get vaccinated, but it is a question of compliance with the law. We believe it will also mean fewer people will be vaccinated, which we've already seen in New York City, where health care workers quit because of New York City's vaccination requirements," he added.
The letter points out that the biggest concern is the possible layoff of people, especially health care workers, who are now most needed to fight the pandemic.
"In addition, this mandate ignores tens of millions of naturally immune Americans and will contribute to further skepticism about vaccines," the letter said.
In addition to South Carolina, the letter was joined by the attorneys general of Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, West Virginia, and Wyoming.
It should be noted that 21 of the 24 states that opposed mandatory vaccination are led by Biden's Republican opponents. Of the states led by Democrats, Kansas, Kentucky, and Louisiana joined.
As a reminder, on Sept. 10, Biden announced new measures to combat COVID-19, which require employees of large companies to be vaccinated or tested weekly.
The measures also include a vaccination mandate for millions of federal government workers and are imposed because of an increase in new cases of the disease in the country. The new requirements cover about 100 million workers.
The plan sparked an immediate reaction among some Republicans, who argued that the government should not play a role in individual health decisions.
About 75% of American adults have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. More than 64% of the U.S. population has been fully vaccinated against the coronavirus.