3,200 jobs are expected to open for the coming year as the state prepares to implement a new law requiring all workers in the state to get a vaccination before starting work.
The new requirement, which is set to take effect March 1, comes in response to a vaccine outbreak in which dozens of Idaho men contracted the H1N1 virus in August.
The state also said the law will ensure that people in the US and abroad can get the vaccines as part of the health care system.
It also gives the state’s public health department the ability to monitor the vaccination rate and require people who do not vaccinate to get the shot.
C.L. “Butch” Otter said in a statement.
The state said that the new requirements will not only improve the state economy, but also help people stay healthy by reducing the spread of H1Ns.
It will also help Idaho’s public schools, which are already struggling with a drop in enrollment and are in need of more help, said Otter.
The law also includes a requirement that all employees be vaccinated and that vaccinations must be administered in a person’s home or in the workplace, which Otter noted is important for the health of workers.
The new requirement is expected to cost the state $10 million in annual costs, according to the state.
The Idaho Department for Employment and Technical Education (DETTE) announced the new vaccination requirements during a news conference Tuesday, the Associated Press reported.
Employers can opt to offer a vaccination at the beginning of their contract, and those that opt can opt for a free vaccine as long as they meet the requirements, which include completing an online questionnaire and providing a photo ID.
The department also said it would issue a recall form to anyone who missed an appointment.