The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the Biden administration overstepped its authority in an attempt to advance rules for large employers.
United States Supreme Court Joe Biden’s efforts to require workers at large businesses to get vaccinated against COVID-19 or undergo weekly testing have been blocked, a measure the US president has described as “common sense.”
Meanwhile, the Supreme Court ruled Thursday that the federal government is allowed to continue the vaccine mission for the majority of the country’s healthcare workers.
The conservative-majority court said the Biden administration overstepped its authority by trying to enforce Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) rules requiring workers at U.S. businesses with at least 100 employees to be vaccinated or tested weekly.
More than 80 million people will be affected.
“OSHA has never imposed such an authority before. Neither has Congress. In fact, while Congress has enacted significant legislation in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, it has refused to enact anything similar to what OSHA is enacting here,” the court said in a statement. wrote in an unsigned opinion.
“On the contrary, this is a major violation of the lives and health of a large number of employees.”
Supreme Court decision comes amid heightened coronavirus infection Infectious Omicron variants On the rise across the U.S., COVID-19 has killed more than 845,000 people — the deadliest country in the world.
The cases also underscore how divisive the issue of mandatory vaccinations is in the country, where many Republicans have been critical of the government and business-imposed orders.
The White House has said the two authorizations would save lives and strengthen the U.S. economy by increasing the number of millions of Americans vaccinated, while challengers have argued that federal agencies overstepped their authority by issuing authorizations without specific authorization from Congress.
In a statement Thursday, Biden said the Supreme Court’s decision to uphold medical vaccine authorization “Lives will be saved: the lives of patients seeking care in healthcare facilities, as well as the lives of doctors, nurses and others who work there.”
The mission requires vaccinations An estimated 10.3 million workers At approximately 76,000 medical facilities, including hospitals and nursing homes serving the elderly, disabled and low-income Americans.
But Biden said he was “It is disappointing that the Supreme Court has chosen to block common-sense, life-saving demands for employees of large corporations, which are based solely on science and the law.”
“This emergency standard allows employers to require vaccinations or allow workers to refuse vaccinations as long as they are tested once a week and wear a mask at work: a very modest burden,” his statement read.
The Supreme Court ruled in a 6-3 vote, with six conservative justices in a majority and three liberal justices dissenting, to block a broader workplace mandate.
The vote was 5-4, allowing healthcare workers to rule, with two conservatives, Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice Brett Kavanaugh, joining the Liberal majority.
more than 208 million Americans, 62.7% of the populationAccording to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), they are fully vaccinated, with more than a third receiving booster shots.