Supreme Court blocks Covid vaccine mandate for US businesses effective immediately.
The Supreme Court has blocked the Biden administration’s biggest drive to increase the nation’s Covid vaccination rate, which requires large-business employees to obtain a vaccine or test on a regular basis and wear a mask on the job.
At the same time, the court has granted the administration’s request to proceed with a vaccine mandate for the majority of U.S. health-care workers. The court’s directives were issued on Thursday in the midst of a coronavirus increase caused by the omicron variant.
The court’s conservative majority determined that the administration overstepped its power when it sought to enforce the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s vaccine-or-test mandate on enterprises with more than 100 employees in the United States.
Over 80 million individuals would have been affected, with OSHA estimating that the regulation would save 6,500 lives and 250,000 hospitalizations over the course of six months.
“OSHA has never enforced such a requirement before. Congress hasn’t done so either. Despite the fact that Congress has passed significant laws to address the Covid pandemic, it has refused to pass any legislation like what OSHA has issued here “In an unsigned opinion, conservatives stated.
The court’s three liberals claimed in dissent that the court was overstepping its bounds by substituting its opinion for that of health professionals.
In a combined dissent, Justices Stephen Breyer, Elena Kagan, and Sonia Sotomayor said, “Acting outside of its authority and without legal foundation, the Court displaces the judgments of the government officials charged with responding to workplace health concerns.”
“The Supreme Court has opted to prohibit common-sense life-saving standards for employees at major enterprises that were established squarely in both science and the law,” President Joe Biden stated.
Biden urged employers to implement their own vaccination policies, pointing out that a third of Fortune 100 corporations have already done so.
Officials at the White House knew the OSHA rule would face legal challenges, and some privately questioned whether it would be able to withstand them.
Despite the court challenge, the administration still sees the law as a success because it has already prompted millions of individuals to be vaccinated and encouraged private firms to impose their own mandates.
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