Supreme Court Rulings Blocks Vaccine Mandate on Large Companies But Health Care Workers Still Face Vaccine Deadline
The U.S. Supreme Court blocked the OSHA mandate that would have required workers at businesses with 100 or more employees to get the Covid-19 vaccine or provide weekly negative test results. In contrast, the Court allowed the mandate to apply to medical facilities that take Medicare or Medicaid payments. The rulings, however, will not prevent U.S. companies from acting on their own and requiring vaccinations for their workers.
Yesterday, in a 5-4 decision, the Supreme Court lifted lower court orders that were freezing the mandate for medical facilities in 24 states. The health care providers in those states will need to ensure their staff are fully vaccinated by March 15. The other twenty-five states, including Florida and Washington, DC, continue to face a February 28 deadline for covered health care workers to be fully vaccinated, as the mandate had not been blocked in those states before the Supreme Court order became effective.
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