Judge Blocks Biden Administration Vaccine Mandate for Federal Contractors

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Federal judge in Georgia issues nationwide preliminary injunction after administration likely exceeded its authority

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Judge Baker wrote that the mandate goes far beyond addressing “administrative and management issues” related to the contract and instead serves as a “regulation of public health not expressly authorized under the Procurement Act”. Is.”

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The judge, an appointee of former President Donald Trump, said the mandate placed a huge economic burden on employers and workers, which he said tipped the scales in favor of an injunction that blocked the mandate for now, While further litigation continues.

The contractor’s requirements were due to go into effect next month.

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White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said the Biden administration is confident of its legal authority to enforce COVID-19 vaccine requirements and will defend its mandate for federal contractors in court.

“The reason we proposed these requirements is because we know they work and we have confidence in our ability to do so legally across the country,” Ms. Psaki told reporters on Tuesday.

Ms Psaki said 92% of government employees covered under President Biden’s vaccine mandate for federal workers had been vaccinated and that several large companies had raised their vaccination rates by imposing similar requirements.

The ruling came in a case brought by Georgia and six other states.

“We will continue to stand up for the rule of law to protect our state and our citizens from this unconstitutional and unprecedented federal encroachment,” Republican Georgia Attorney General Chris Carr said on Twitter.

the decision is as follows an equal decision Vaccine mandates for contractors in three states were blocked by a Kentucky federal judge last week.

Several related Biden administration vaccine requirements have been put on hold for now because of litigation.

A federal appeals court in Cincinnati is currently considering whether to reinstate the administration’s rules that require many employers to ensure their employees are vaccinated or tested for COVID-19. To be tested weekly. That mandate was issued by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration and applies to businesses with 100 or more employees.

The administration is appealing separately against a decision last week that barred millions of healthcare workers from enforcing the requirement to vaccinate against COVID-19.

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