US Supreme Court blocks vaccine mandate for large businesses

Supreme Court, OSHA, Joe Biden

Supreme Court decides on vaccine requirements. Vaccine mandate for some healthcare workers permitted.

Where: United States

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In a 6-3 ruling on Thursday, the US Supreme Court blocked the Biden administration’s COVID-19 vaccine-or-testing mandate for large private employers, i.e., businesses with 100 or more employees.

However, the Supreme Court allowed the federal government to continue with a similar mandate for workers at federally funded (Medicare or Medicaid) healthcare facilities.

President Biden expressed his disappointment with the Supreme Court’s decision to block vaccine-or-testing and masking requirements for large businesses, referring to it as “a very modest burden.”

Biden stated, “…I am disappointed that the Supreme Court has chosen to block common-sense life-saving requirements for employees at large businesses that were grounded squarely in both science and the law.”

Biden urged private employers to issue vaccine requirements at the workplace for employee and customer protection and prevent the spread of COVID-19 in communities.

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