Supreme Court prevents vaccine mandate for US businesses

Nebraska was one of the 10 states that filed a lawsuit challenging the administration's vaccine mandate back in November.
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LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – The Supreme Court has stopped the Biden administration from enforcing a requirement that employees at large businesses be vaccinated against COVID-19 or test themselves weekly and wear masks at work.

The court will allow the administration to have a vaccine mandate for most healthcare workers in the country. This mandate will be enforced nationwide and covers nearly all health care workers in the U.S.

The court’s orders come Thursday, as the CDC reports an average of 1,650 new COVID-19 related deaths daily, up by about 50 percent since Christmas. New cases increased 37 percent over the past week nationally, making the seven-day average 761,535.

The court’s conservative majority says the administration overstepped its authority by seeking to impose the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s vaccine-or-test rule on businesses with at least 100 employees. This mandate would have impacted more than 80 million citizens.

“OSHA has never before imposed such a mandate. Nor has Congress. Indeed, although Congress has enacted significant legislation addressing the COVID–19 pandemic, it has declined to enact any measure similar to what OSHA has promulgated here,” the conservatives wrote in an unsigned opinion.

In dissent, the court’s three liberal judges argued that it was the court that was overreaching by substituting their judgment for health experts.

“Acting outside of its competence and without legal basis, the Court displaces the judgments of the Government officials given the responsibility to respond to workplace health emergencies,” Justices Stephen Breyer, Elena Kagan and Sonia Sotomayor wrote in a joint dissent.

Nebraska was one of the 10 states that filed a lawsuit challenging the administration’s vaccine mandate back in November.

As of Thursday, 63 percent of eligible Americans are fully vaccinated, according to the CDC. This includes all nine justices who have received their booster shots.

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