As we entered the new year, many feared the previously announced vaccine mandate for workers in companies with 100 employees, something that all Republican-led states opposed, including one Democrat-led state.
Joe Biden and the White House administration have been constantly pushing for vaccination, and once the vaccination rates stalled few months ago, they announced the vaccine mandate for workers in companies with more than 100 employees as well as vaccine mandate for workers in companies that are federal government contractors.
Attorney Generals representing the states that opposed the vaccine mandate filed lawsuit against the mandate leading the whole ‘vaccine mandate project’ in court. Finally, the Supreme Court on Thursday halted the Biden’s vaccine mandate which was announced in an effort to boost the vaccination rate in United States.
At the same time, the court is allowing the administration to proceed with a vaccine mandate for most health care workers in the U.S. The court’s orders Thursday came during a spike in coronavirus cases caused by the omicron variant.
As per the proposed vaccine mandate, more than 80 million people would have been affected which would have probably resulted in improving the vaccination rate. According to Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the vaccine mandate as it was proposed would have saved 6,500 lives and prevent 250,000 hospitalizations over 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.
By the very end, Joe Biden believed that the Supreme Court will rule in his favor, but it didn’t. When the final decision was announced, Biden said he was “disappointed that the Supreme Court has chosen to block common-sense life-saving requirements for employees at large businesses that were grounded squarely in both science and the law.”
Since Biden’s vaccine mandate plan failed, at least for now, he used the occasion to call the companies’ owners across the country to implement their own, internal vaccine mandates for their workers and follow the same path as a third of the Fortune 100 companies who already have implemented vaccine mandates.