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Vaccine Mandate Temporarily Blocked

A federal appeals court has temporarily halted the Biden administration’s vaccine mandate for private employers with at least 100 workers. However, the administration has told businesses to continue implementing the mandate despite the court’s order.

What’s going on: “A three-judge panel on the New Orleans–based Fifth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals granted an emergency stay prohibiting enforcement of the rules for now, saying they raise ‘grave statutory and constitutional issues,’” according to The Wall Street Journal (subscription).

  • The vaccine mandate, which requires that such workers be vaccinated or receive weekly COVID-19 tests, was issued last week by the Labor Department. Lawsuits against it have since been filed nationwide.

The White House says: White House Chief of Staff Ron Klain said on NBC this past Sunday that the mandate is “common sense. If OSHA can tell people to wear a hard hat on the job, to be careful with chemicals, it can put in place these simple measures to keep our workers safe.”

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