Supreme Court Blocks Biden’s Vaccine Mandate – What’s Next?

Supreme Court Blocks Biden's Vaccine Mandate - What's Next?

( – On Thursday, January 13, the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) issued two rulings: one blocking the first Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) mandate, while upholding the second inoculation mandate related to federally funded healthcare facilities.

On November 4, 2021, President Joe Biden announced details of his two major vaccination policies. The first one required businesses with 100 or more workers to provide vaccinations or weekly coronavirus testing—the other required full vaccination for workers at health care facilities funded by Medicare and Medicaid.

Biden’s first policy directed the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to create broad-sweeping rules for businesses per the President’s policy directive. However, SCOTUS ruled OSHA exceeded its authority by issuing “broad public health measures” that surpassed its power to establish workplace safety standards.

The ruling barred enforcement of the order until the Sixth Federal Circuit Court of Appeals can complete its review of the mandate’s constitutionality.

Inversely, the Court upheld Biden’s second mandate for healthcare workers at facilities receiving federal funds. Federal District Courts in Missouri and Louisiana had previously blocked enforcement of the requirement. With the Omicron variant raising COVID-19 infection rates to unprecedented levels, this ruling could hurt healthcare facilities already suffering from worker shortages.

Additionally, several federal courts are currently hearing cases regarding mandates for school children.

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