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Justices Block Broad Worker Vaccine Requirement, Allow Health Worker Mandate to Proceed  

By Editor - Thu Jan 13, 2:33 pm

The Supreme Court on Thursday blocked a key Biden administration covid-19 initiative — putting a stop, for now, to a rule requiring businesses with more than 100 workers to either mandate that employees be vaccinated against covid or wear masks and undergo weekly testing. The rule, which covers an estimated 80 million workers, took effect earlier this week. At the same time, however, the justices said that a separate rule requiring covid vaccines for an estimated 10 million health workers at facilities that receive funding from Medicare and Medicaid could go forward. The justices removed a temporary halt imposed by a lower court late last year that affected health care facilities in half the states. In emergency oral arguments held Jan. 7, a majority of the justices seemed dubious that the federal government, through the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, had broad enough authority to require vaccines or tests for the bulk of the nation’s private workforce, particularly for a threat that is not job-specific. Said the unsigned majority opinion : “A vaccine mandate is strikingly unlike the workplace regulations that OSHA has typically imposed. A vaccination, after all, ‘cannot be undone at the end of the workday.’” Three of the court’s conservatives — Justices Neil Gorsuch, Clarence Thomas and Samuel Alito — concurred with the decision in a signed opinion that laid out their concerns about OSHA’s authority

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Justices Block Broad Worker Vaccine Requirement, Allow Health Worker Mandate to Proceed

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