Supreme Court Blocks Biden’s Vaccine Mandate for Large Employers

Written by Robert Priedt and Robin Foster, HealthDay Reporters>

FRIDAY, January 14, 2022 – The US Supreme Court ruled Thursday that the Biden administration cannot force a vaccine or testing mandate for large employers.

The 6-3 decision was prompted by a conservative majority in the court.

The authorization was a critical component of the White House plan to respond to the COVID pandemic with cases rising due to the Omicron variable.

President Joe Biden reacted sadly to the decision.

“I am disappointed that the Supreme Court has chosen to block common sense requirements to save the lives of employees in large corporations that rest squarely on both science and law,” he said in a statement. “This emergency standard allowed employers to order vaccinations or allow workers to refuse vaccinations, as long as they were tested once a week and wore masks at work: a very modest burden.”

However, Biden said he will continue to push companies to help vaccinate their employees.

“The Court has ruled that my administration cannot use the authority granted to it by Congress to request this action, but that does not prevent me from using my voice as president to advocate for employers to do the right thing to protect Americans’ health and economy,” Biden added. They have already come forward – including a third of Fortune 100 companies – and put in place vaccination requirements to protect their workers, customers and communities.”

The Supreme Court made Rule 5-4 in favor of another state, this state to vaccinate health care workers in hospitals and other health care facilities that participate in Medicare and Medicaid programs.

“Today’s Supreme Court decision to uphold the health care worker’s demand will save lives: the lives of patients seeking care in medical facilities, as well as the lives of doctors, nurses, and other people working there,” Biden said. “It will cover 10.4 million healthcare workers in 76,000 medical facilities. We will implement it.”

Under the large employer’s mandate rejected by the Supreme Court, employers did not have to pay for the test times mentioned.

This mandate also included exemptions for employees with religious exceptions and those whose jobs do not require close contact with others, such as those who work from home or are always outdoors.

Last month, a three-judge panel of the US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, in Cincinnati, ruled in favor of the large employers’ mandate, times mentioned.

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