Friday, January 14, 2022

Biden Still Calling for Testing and Vaccine Requirements After Supreme Court Strikes Down Mandate; SCOTUS Blocks Workplace Vaccine-or-Test Mandate But Upholds Healthcare Requirement; Unpacking SCOTUS Justices’ Reasoning in Vaccine Mandate Decisions

Biden still calling for testing and vaccine requirements after Supreme Court strikes down mandate:
The White House will continue to urge states and businesses to impose vaccine and testing requirements even though the Supreme Court struck down President Joe Biden's federal mandate Thursday afternoon.
While the court did strike down the Occupational Safety and Health Administration rule directing businesses with 100 employees to require vaccines or tests, the requirements for health workers were upheld, which Biden stated "will save lives."
"It will cover 10.4 million health care workers at 76,000 medical facilities," he wrote in a statement. "We will enforce it."
"At the same time, I am disappointed that the Supreme Court has chosen to block common-sense life-saving requirements for employees at large businesses that were grounded squarely in both science and the law. This emergency standard allowed employers to require vaccinations or to permit workers to refuse to be vaccinated, so long as they were tested once a week and wore a mask at work: a very modest burden," the president continued. "As a result of the Court’s decision, it is now up to States and individual employers to determine whether to make their workplaces as safe as possible for employees, and whether their businesses will be safe for consumers during this pandemic by requiring employees to take the simple and effective step of getting vaccinated." --->READ MORE HERE
Supreme Court blocks workplace vaccine-or-test mandate but upholds healthcare requirement:
The Supreme Court on Thursday blocked President Joe Biden's workplace vaccine-or-test mandate but upheld the Department of Health and Human Services requirement for certain healthcare workers.
The conservative majority on the court ruled 6-3 to block the vaccine-or-test mandate for employees of big businesses, saying the secretary of the Labor Department “lacked authority to impose the mandate.” The court added that the decision should be left up to Congress. Justices ruled 5-4 to keep the healthcare worker mandate, with Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice Brett Kavanaugh voting to keep it in place.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration workplace mandate went into effect on Jan. 4 and began enforcement on Monday, requiring unvaccinated employees of companies with 100 or more employees to begin wearing masks indoors. A vaccine-or-test requirement was slated to go into effect on Feb. 9 requiring workers who have not been fully vaccinated to be subjected to weekly testing.
A healthcare vaccine mandate enforced by the Department of Health and Human Services will remain in effect, requiring healthcare workers of facilities that take Medicare or Medicaid payments to be fully vaccinated. --->READ MORE HERE
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