Supreme Court blocks vaccine mandate for businesses, keeps mandate for health care workers

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The vaccine mandate remains in place for federally funded health care facilities.

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The Supreme Court on Thursday banned the Biden administration COVID-19 Vaccine-or-testing mandates for businesses with 100 or more workers, but Mandate placed for health care workers in federally funded health care facilities.

The COVID-19 vaccine mandate for health care workers requires all employees of hospitals or other facilities who receive Medicare or Medicaid payments from the government to be fully vaccinated. It affects more than 17 million health care workers, according to white House,

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The blocking mandate would require that employees of all companies with at least 100 workers be vaccinated against COVID-19 or tested negative weekly. According to the rule issued by the Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration, about 84 million employees will be covered. Supreme Court opinion,

Louisiana, Texas, Utah, South Carolina and Mississippi joined forces with businesses as well as religious and advocacy organizations to file permanent injunctions against the mandate, and it was temporarily blocked by a federal appeals panel in Louisiana in November before being reinstated Following the decision of the US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit in Cincinnati in December.

The Supreme Court vote on Thursday to block the employee mandate was 6 to 3, while the vote to uphold the health care worker mandate was 5 to 4, according to The New York Times. Reported, The Times said that members of the court’s conservative majority had previously suspected the White House had the authority of Congress to meet the requirements.

The decision comes at a time when cases of COVID-19 are increasing rapidly across the US due to the emergence of highly contagious omicron type, Currently, over 155,000 people are being treated for COVID-19 in hospitals across the country, Department of Health and Human Services Reported. US President Joe Biden said on Thursday that he is deploying military medical personnel to New York, New Jersey, Ohio, Michigan, Rhode Island and New Mexico to help treat COVID patients in hospitals.

Outside of federal regulations, states and cities have enacted their own COVID-19 vaccine mandates, including Philadelphia where all the city workers Vaccination should be done by 14 January. On Friday, New York Governor Kathy Hochul joined California and New Mexico in creating one. Booster mandate for all state health care workers,

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The information contained in this article is for educational and informational purposes only and is not intended to be health or medical advice. Always consult with a physician or other qualified health provider with respect to any questions you may have about a medical condition or health purposes.



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