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Rep. Slotkin urges COVID vaccination


Michigan Congresswoman Elissa Slotkin is pleading for more people to get vaccinated against COVID-19.

But, Slotkin stopped short of saying Congress should make employers mandate the shots.

The U.S. Supreme Court struck down rules from the Biden administration last week that would have required workers at businesses with more than 100 employees to either get vaccinated against COVID or face weekly testing.

Now, those requirements for private businesses appear all but dead.

That’s unless Congress attempts to pass a mandate or expands the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s ability to do so.

Democratic Representative Elissa Slotkin says she has concerns about supporting such measures if they were introduced in the House. She says she would need more feedback from business leaders but praised companies that voluntarily implement COVID rules.

“I know a lot of businesses on their own have made their own standards and I think that that's important. No one wants to lose people because, you know, personnel are concerned about getting COVID at work.”

Slotkin made the remarks after she toured Lansing’s Sparrow hospital Monday and spoke with the wife of an unvaccinated man who’s hospitalized with COVID.