The Supreme Court blocks the vaccination rule for companies but maintains the mandate for health workers

The Supreme Court on Thursday blocked the application of the rule of the president, Joe Biden, which requires mandatory vaccination against COVID-19 for employees of large companies (or weekly screening tests) and the use of a mask in companies, but it did keep the mandate for most health workers.

The Supreme Court, with a conservative majority, ruled that the federal government went too far in trying to impose the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s vaccination standard on all companies in the United States with 100 or more employees. More than 80 million people have been affected.

The Supreme Court this Friday: “Freedoms and mandates do not mix.”Bloomberg / Bloomberg via Getty Images

“OSHA has never imposed such a mandate. Neither has Congress. In fact, while Congress enacted significant legislation to address the COVID-19 pandemic, it has refused to enact any measures similar to the one. that OSHA has enacted here, “the judges wrote in an unsigned ruling, The Associated Press news agency reported.

The three liberal magistrates on the Court issued a particular opinion indicating that the Court is “overreaching” by replacing the opinion of medical experts with its opinion.

[El Senado vota en contra del mandato de vacunación de Biden para empresas privadas]

“Acting outside its jurisdiction and without legal basis, the Court displaces the judgments of Government officials who have been given the responsibility of responding to health emergencies in the workplace,” wrote Judges Stephen Breyer, Elena Kagan and Sonia Sotomayor in a joint dissent.

The vaccination rule was pushed by the Joe Biden Administration in November and was immediately challenged by a group of Republican states and businesses that claimed the federal government lacks the power to issue such a broad mandate.

[Texas demanda al Gobierno de Biden por el mandato de vacunación a personal de la salud]

The lower courts initially blocked the mandate, but an appeal court ruling allowed it to go into effect.

The National Federation of Independent Businesses called that ruling “a blow to the gut for small companies that are struggling to stay in business as they emerge from the pandemic,” despite the fact that the mandate only applies to companies that have more than 100 employees.

States that oppose this requirement asserted that federal law gives the government the authority to enforce general health and safety standards in facilities such as hospitals, but not the power to require vaccinations. The agency that administers Medicare and Medicaid had never required vaccines before, they said.

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