The US Supreme Court Halts Covid-19 Vaccine Rule for Businesses – Occupational Health and Safety

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The major push to boost vaccination rates stopped.
The Supreme Court officially stopped the Biden administration to increase vaccination rates, a requirement for employees at large businesses get vaccinated or get tested regularly and wear a mask on the job. At the same time, the court is allowing the administration to proceed with a mask mandate for most health care workers in the U.S. The court’s orders came during a spike in coronavirus cases caused by the omicron variant.
The conservative majority of the court concluded that the administration overstepped its authority by trying to impose on OSHA’s vaccine-or-test rule on U.S. businesses with a minimum of 100 employees. According to an article, more than 80 million people would have been affected and OSHA had estimated that the rule would save 6,500 lives and prevent 250,000 hospitalizations more over the past six months.
“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. On the other hand, the court’s three liberals argued that “it was the court that was overreaching by substituting its judgement for that of healthcare workers.”
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.
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