On Friday, a federal appeals court upheld its decision to halt President Joe Biden order requiring COVID-19 vaccines for businesses with 100 or more employees, dismissing his administration’s appeal. Despite the Biden administration’s claims that delaying the vaccine mandate would result in dozens, if not hundreds, of deaths, the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans affirmed its judgment.
The mandate is comprehensive. The order is a one-size-fits-all bludgeon that makes little effort to account for workplace variances (and workers). In the United States, vaccine requirements are a hotly debated topic. Supporters contend that they are necessary to halt the nearly two-year coronavirus outbreak, while opponents argue they are unconstitutional and limit individual liberty. The judges on the Fifth Circuit appeared to agree with the opponents.
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton hailed the decision as a win, but White House officials had no immediate comment. Texas joined a slew of other states in suing the policy and private enterprises and religious organizations. The 5th Circuit has halted OSHA’s unconstitutional and illegal private-business vaccine mandate, citing Texas’ “compelling argument[s].” Biden announced the grant in September, telling Americans that “our patience is wearing thin” with individuals who refuse to be vaccinated.