Supreme Court strikes down vaccination mandate for large employers

The United States Supreme Court has stopped a vaccine mandate that would have required large employers to mandate COVID-19 vaccinations or weekly testing for their workers, reports the Associated Press.

The court heard arguments against the warrant, which was issued by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), on Friday, January 7. On Thursday, Jan. 13, the majority of the court found that the Biden administration exceeded its authority by asking to impose the Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) on U.S. businesses with at least 100 employees. More than 80 million people are said to have been affected.

“OSHA has never imposed such a mandate. Neither does Congress. Indeed, although Congress has enacted significant legislation regarding the COVID-19 pandemic, it has refused to enact any measures similar to what OSHA has enacted here,” six Supreme Court justices wrote in an opinion. Unsigned.

In their dissent, three judges argued that it was the court that went too far in substituting its judgment for that of health experts. “Acting outside of its jurisdiction and without legal basis, the Court overturns the judgments of government officials charged with responding to health emergencies in the workplace,” Justices Stephen Breyer, Elena Kagan and Sonia Sotomayor wrote in a joint dissent.

At the same time, the court decided 5-4 to allow the administration to proceed with a vaccination mandate for most US health workers. The mandate covers virtually all healthcare workers nationwide, as it applies to providers who receive federal funding from Medicare or Medicaid. It potentially affects 76,000 health establishments as well as home care providers. The rule has medical and religious exemptions.

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