Federal Judge Blocks Biden's Vaccine Mandate in 10 States
By: Jake Epstein (Business Insider)
- A federal judge blocked the Biden administration from enforcing a vaccine mandate in 10 states.
- The injunction applied to workers at Medicare- and Medicare-certified medical facilities.
- The states had sued the Biden administration and claimed the mandate was unconstitutional.
A federal judge on Monday temporarily blocked the Biden administration from enforcing a vaccine mandate for healthcare workers in 10 states.
Judge Matthew Schelp of the Eastern District of Missouri issued the preliminary injunction for workers at Medicare- and Medicare-certified medical facilities in Alaska, Arkansas, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, New Hampshire, Nebraska, Wyoming, and North and South Dakota, according to court documents.
The 10 states had sued the Biden administration, claiming the vaccine mandate was unconstitutional.
Schelp — whom former President Donald Trump nominated to the bench in 2019 — said the public would benefit from the ruling "because it would ensure that federal agencies do not extend their power beyond the express delegation from Congress."
He said the mandate would impose a burden "on the ability of healthcare facilities to provide proper care, and thus, save lives."
Federal vaccine mandates have been the target of various lawsuits filed over the last few months as states push back on attempts by the Biden administration to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.
Earlier in November, over half of US states — mostly Republican-led — filed or joined lawsuits opposing a vaccine mandate for employees of large companies, Insider's Kevin Shalvey previously reported.
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