A judge on Tuesday blocked the federal government from temporarily mandating COVID-19 vaccines for workers in Medicare-or-Medicaid-funded health facilities, the latest legal in the Biden administration’s effort to require vaccines in many workplaces. Shock.
Louisiana-based federal judge Terry Doughty issued a preliminary injunction on Tuesday evening barring the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services from implementing its health worker vaccine mandate, while bringing a legal challenge. Many Republican-led states Works its way through the federal court system.
The injunction applies to 40 US states – In a separate ruling on Monday, a federal judge in Missouri temporarily blocked CMS vaccine mandates in another 10 states.
Doughty, in a 34-page ruling, argued that CMS probably does not have the legal authority to enforce a vaccine mandate without Congress’ permission, and sided with plaintiffs who argued that CMS’s policy was “arbitrary and cynical.”
Federal officials had previously argued in court that CMS has the legal and constitutional authority to enforce the mandate, and said the policy would protect hospital patients from coronavirus transmission (Businesshala has reached out to CMS for comment).
Before Doughty’s rule, CMS was ruled by Required All covered employees were asked to take at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine by Monday and to be fully vaccinated by January 4.