Joe Biden’s workplace COVID-19 vaccine mandate will be withdrawn in light of the Supreme Court’s ruling, the U.S. Labor Department announced Tuesday.
“On January 13, 2022, the U.S. Supreme Court stayed the Vaccination and Testing ETS, finding that challengers were likely to prevail on their claims. After evaluating the Court’s decision, OSHA is withdrawing the Vaccination and Testing ETS as an enforceable emergency temporary standard,” the department stated.
Despite the fact the Court ruled the federal government can no longer force workers to take the mRNA injection, OSHA still encouraged everyone to take it.
“Notwithstanding the withdrawal of the Vaccination and Testing ETS, OSHA
continues to strongly encourage the vaccination of workers against the continuing dangers posed by COVID-19 in the workplace,” the department added.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) rule the Biden administration issued last November had required employers with over 100 workers to take the injection or submit to weekly testing.
But the Supreme Court declared the OSHA mandate unconstitutional in a 6-3 ruling on January 13:
“Permitting OSHA to regulate the hazards of daily life – simply because most Americans have jobs and face those same risks while on the clock – would significantly expand OSHA’s regulatory authority without clear congressional authorization.”
Biden’s Labor Secretary Marty Walsh condemned the Court’s decision shortly after its ruling, calling it a “major setback” to workplace safety.
“Today’s SCOTUS decision is a major setback to the health and safety of workers across the country. @OSHA_DOL stands by the Vaccination and Testing ETS as the best way to protect the nation’s workforce from this deadly virus: COVID-19,” Walsh tweeted.
Today's SCOTUS decision is a major setback to the health and safety of workers across the country.@OSHA_DOL stands by the Vaccination and Testing ETS as the best way to protect the nation’s workforce from this deadly virus: COVID-19.
— Secretary Marty Walsh (@SecMartyWalsh) January 13, 2022
The unconstitutional OSHA mandate will be officiailly withdrawn on Wednesday, January 26.
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