The Supreme Court on Thursday delivered a mixed decision on the Biden administration’s workplace COVID-19 vaccination requirements, reinstating a vaccine mandate for healthcare workers but temporarily blocking the vaccine-or-testing rule for large private employers Because the litigation against both went ahead.
The court heard oral arguments on Friday about whether to temporarily halt the vaccine-or-testing mandate, which applies to all private employers with at least 100 workers, and whether healthcare workers in facilities that participate in Medicare and Medicaid. to reinstate the need for vaccination. Which was blocked by federal appeals courts in the United States.
The challengers—business groups and Republican-led state coalitions—argued that the federal government did not have the authority to implement policies without Congressional approval and that vaccination requirements would wreak havoc due to widespread staff shortages.
The court ruled 6-3 to block the vaccine-or-testing mandate, recognizing that the Secretary of Labor “lacked authority to enforce the mandate” and should be left to Congress to decide. Was.
private employer mandate took effect 4 and 10 began to apply – testing requirements didn’t go into effect until February 9 – and federal health officials have said Health workers will be required to receive the first COVID-19 vaccine dose by January 27 and fully comply with the policy by February 28.