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What’s the status of the COVID-19 vaccine mandate in the US?

The Associated Press
The Associated Press
 2021-12-02
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What’s the status of the COVID-19 vaccine mandate in the U.S.?

It’s on hold indefinitely because of legal challenges, but employers can still require the shots.

To control the spread of COVID-19, President Joe Biden previously said businesses with 100 or more employees would need to require COVID-19 vaccination or have workers get tested weekly for the virus. The rule was to take effect Jan. 4, affecting about 84 million workers nationwide.

But soon after the rule was issued by the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration, it faced multiple legal challenges from businesses, conservative groups and Republican attorneys general that said the agency doesn’t have the authority to mandate vaccines.

On Nov. 6, a federal appeals court in New Orleans put the rule on hold, saying it was “a one-size fits-all sledgehammer” that was too broad. Ten days later, all challenges to the requirement were consolidated in another appeals court in Cincinnati.

In a court filing, lawyers for the Biden administration said the mandate was needed to reduce transmission of the virus in workplaces. It asked that it be allowed to move ahead with the rule.

The requirement for employers is among several challenges to the Biden administration’s vaccine rules. Federal judges also have placed a hold on a mandate for health care workers in the Medicare and Medicaid programs.

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Guest
12-02

If employers mandate covid vaccines, they can be sued. It is illegal to mandate experimental vaccines. No one can be coerced into taking an experimental vaccine against their will. It is illegal for the government to mandate of course it is illegal for employers to mandate it for the same reasons.

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Suzanne Miller
12-02

Biden tightens travel requirements for law abiding citizens related to Covid. You can come across our border with no testing or requirements. lol

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T-rex 1973
12-02

Employers that don't value their employees will push the mandates. They will also find nobody wants to work there. Liberals and their 3 vaccines have a terrible work ethic

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