Vaccine Mandate Debate, What’s Happening Now?

The White House / Adam Schultz / CC BY-SA 2.0

WASHINGTON – The Biden Administration has mandated millions of workers get vaccinated against COVID-19 by January 4, but pushback is building.

More than half of U.S. States are suing the administration now, including Louisiana, Mississippi, South Carolina, and Utah; along with a number of businesses.

Lawyers are asking the court to block the mandate, saying it constituted federal overreach and risked negatively impacting the workforce.

A federal appeals court agreed, temporarily blocking the mandate over the weekend. But the Department of Justice wants it lifted, saying these states and businesses haven’t.

“…shown that their claimed injuries outweigh the harm of staying a standard that will save thousands of lives and prevent hundreds of thousands of hospitalizations,” the department said in a statement.

The White House is confident in its legal authority and the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals promises to expedite the case, but there’s been no clarification on whether this would have a nationwide effect.


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