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Supreme Court Strikes Down Biden Vaccine Mandate on Businesses

On January 13, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down the Biden administration vaccine mandate on businesses in a 6-3 vote. The court said the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) had exceeded its authority. Adding, COVID-19 is not an occupational hazard but a ‘universal risk’ and that the plan was a ‘blunt instrument.’In its decision,…

On January 13, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down the Biden administration vaccine mandate on businesses in a 6-3 vote. The court ruled that OSHA had exceeded its authority. Adding, COVID-19 is not an occupational hazard but a ‘universal risk’ and that the plan was a ‘blunt instrument.’



In its decision, the court went on to say OSHA did not have or lacked the authority to impose the mandate the administration laid out for the vaccine mandate. The court also stated that OSHA was created to protect workers and not for broad public measures.

OSHA will enforce the mandate that workers must get vaccinated, have their blood tested every week, and wear a mask. This, the court ruled, expands OSHA’s authority beyond what Congress has allowed.

The court ruled, “Although COVID-19 is a risk that occurs in many workplaces, it is not an occupational hazard in most. COVID-19 can and does spread at home, in schools, during sporting events, and everywhere else that people gather. That kind of universal risk is no different from the day-to-day dangers that all face from crime, air pollution, or any number of communicable diseases.”

The majority further said, “OSHA has never before imposed such a mandate. Congress has not. 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.”

Ruling on Biden V. Missouri

In the case of Biden V. Missouri, the court ruled 5-4 in favor of allowing a similar mandate for healthcare workers. This will allow the mandate continue for now.

The mandate was issued by Secretary Xavier Becerra of the Health and Human Services (HHS). The secretary instructed institutions that receive Medicare or Medicaid funding to make sure the vaccine was available to their health care workers. Only religious or medical reasons are exempt.

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