Court Revives Health Worker COVID-19 Vaccine Mandate in 26 U.S. States

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP
Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare

About an hour ago, Reuters reported this (bolding, underlining and italics added by me):

“A federal appeals court on Wednesday revived in 26 U.S. states a COVID-19 mandate issued by President Joe Biden’s administration requiring millions of healthcare workers to get vaccinated if they work in facilities that receive federal dollars.

In a rare win for Biden’s pandemic strategy, a three-judge panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans ruled that a lower court had the authority to block the mandate in only the 14 states that had sued and was wrong to impose a nationwide injunction.

The rule is one of three far-reaching Biden administration requirements aimed at boosting vaccination rates in the United States, where infections are rising and deaths remain above 1,000 per day. Republican state attorneys general and conservative organizations and businesses have challenged the rules.

In November, the 5th Circuit blocked the administration’s workplace vaccine-or-testing mandate for businesses with at least 100 employees. That mandate, issued by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), is being reviewed by the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati, dominated by judges appointed by Republican presidents.

On Wednesday, the 6th Circuit sided with the Biden administration, agreeing to hear the case initially before a three-judge panel rather than all 16 active judges on the court.

Two Republican-appointed judges used their dissenting opinions from that order to spell out their opposition to OSHA’s mandate, which could indicate the court is leaning toward reviving the agency’s rule.”

Stay tuned – this isn’t over yet.