JEFFERSON CITY — Following a letter by six GOP state senators slamming employer vaccine mandates, the Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry said Thursday it opposed new regulations on the private sector.
Blasting the possibility of “reckless new restrictions on the state’s business community,” Dan Mehan, president of the Missouri chamber said employers have “long had the ability” to require shots and that the chamber “believes all employers should continue to have this right when it comes to the COVID-19 vaccine.”
On Wednesday, a group of six Republican senators urged Gov. Mike Parson, also a Republican, to call an extraordinary legislative session so that lawmakers may “take any and all appropriate steps to protect Missouri workers from vaccine mandates.”
The letter was signed by St. Charles County Sens. Bill Eigel and Bob Onder, as well as Sens. Rick Brattin, R-Harrisonville; Denny Hoskins, R-Warrensburg; Mike Moon, R-Ash Grove; and Holly Rehder, R-Sikeston.
Parson this year signed legislation barring government entities from requiring proof of vaccination in order for someone to access transportation systems or other public accommodations.
Passage of the legislation followed talk of “vaccine passports” that was criticized by many Republicans.