The Supreme Court of the United States on Thursday stopped the intention of the Joe Biden government to implement the COVID-19 vaccine or weekly tests and the use of masks in the workplace for employees of large companies.
At the same time, the Court authorized the government to proceed with the vaccination mandate for most health care workers in the United States.
The court’s orders, during a surge in coronavirus cases, were a mixed result in the administration’s efforts to boost the vaccination rate among the US population.
The conservative majority of the Court concluded that the federal government exceeded its authority seeking to enforce the US Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) vaccine or test rule. for companies with at least 100 employees. More than 80 million people would have been affected.
“OSHA has never before imposed such a mandate. Neither has Congress. In fact, while Congress has enacted significant legislation addressing the COVID-19 pandemic, it has refused to enact any measure similar to what OSHA has enacted here,” the Conservatives wrote in an unsigned opinion.
Dissenting, the three liberals on the Court argued that it was the Court that was overreaching by substituting their judgments for those of health experts.
“By acting outside its jurisdiction and without legal basis, the Court displaces the trials of government officials who were given responsibility for responding to workplace health emergencies,” Justices Stephen Breyer, Elena Kagan and Sonia Kagan wrote. Sotomayor in a disagreement together.
The vaccination order that the Court will allow to be established throughout the country it encompasses virtually all healthcare workers in the United States.
Biden “disappointed” after court decision
US President Joe Biden said on Thursday he was “disappointed” that the Supreme Court blocked his imposition of vaccination or testing against COVID-19 for employees of large and medium-sized companies.
“I am disappointed that the Supreme Court has decided to block common-sense, potentially life-saving requirements” that were aimed at “employees of large corporations, based squarely on science and the law,” he said in a statement.
Biden also asked businessmen “to do the right thing to protect the health and economy of Americans.”