(LibertySociety.com) – On January 13, the Supreme Court of the United States ruled to block the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) vaccine mandate for private businesses with 100 employees or more.
The controversial mandate went into effect on January 10, after the Sixth Circuit US Court of Appeals ruled OSHA could move forward as written. Republicans and conservatives alike have battled for months to ensure the American people retain the right to select whether or not they want to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. After many days in court, they finally came out victorious.
However, SCOTUS ruled the vaccine mandate for hospitals and other medical facilities that receive support from the federal government through Medicare or Medicaid can take effect nationwide, so the fight for individuals making their own medical decisions isn’t over yet.
BREAKING: The Supreme Court BLOCKS the federal government's COVID-19 vaccine-or-test requirement for large workplaces. The court ALLOWS a vaccine mandate for workers at federally funded health care facilities to take effect nationwide.
— SCOTUSblog (@SCOTUSblog) January 13, 2022
In its opinion, the court stated the requirement for vaccinating “84 million Americans” exceeds the power Congress gave OSHA in the past, thereby striking the mandate. Liberal SCOTUS Justices Elena Kagan, Stephen Breyer, and Sonia Sotomayor dissented from the majority ruling.
President Joe Biden spoke out after the decision to ask businesses across the country to implement mandates on their own since the federal mandate failed.
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