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Supreme Court Blocks Business Vaccine Rule, Declines to Stay Health Care Worker Mandate

The Supreme Court on Thursday blocked the Biden administration’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate for private businesses but declined to intervene against a separate regulation that requires health care workers to get a vaccine. In a 6–3 ruling, justices halted the mandate for all private employers with 100 or more workers, ruling the states and companies that challenged the rule were likely to succeed. Biden administration officials had argued that the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA) of 1970 gave them the authority to impose the mandate, but a majority of justices disagreed. “Applicants are likely to succeed on the merits of their claim that the Secretary lacked authority to impose the mandate. Administrative agencies are creatures of statute. They accordingly possess only the authority that Congress has provided. The Secretary has ordered 84 million Americans to either obtain a COVID–19 vaccine or undergo weekly medical testing at their own expense. This is …

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