The Supreme Court said Wednesday it will take up challenges to two of the Biden administration's Covid-19 vaccination and mask mandatesearly next month, agreeing to hear the cases unusually quickly.
The court said it will hear oral arguments Jan. 7 over challenges to the vaccination and mask requirements for large employers and for health care workers.
Until then, the court said, lower court rulings will remain in effect allowing enforcement of the employer mandate issued by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, or OSHA, and partial enforcement of the health care worker requirement.
The OSHA regulation, which was issued Nov. 5, requires businesses with 100 or more employees to ensure that their workforces are fully vaccinated. Workers who aren't vaccinated must be required to wear masks and show negative Covid test results at least once a week.
A three-judge panel of the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said the OSHA rule was "an important step in curtailing the transmission of a deadly virus that has killed over 800,000 people in the United States, brought our health care system to its knees, and cost hundreds of thousands of workers their jobs." It lifted an earlier stay that had blocked enforcement of the rule.
OSHA said it wouldn't take any enforcement steps before Jan. 10 and wouldn't issue citations for failing to comply with the testing requirements before Feb. 9 as long as employers are acting in good faith to put the rules into effect.
Business groups and states opposed to the requirement asked the Supreme Court to reimpose the stay. Wednesday's order said a decision on the request will be held until the Jan. 7 argument.
A separate federal rule requiring vaccinations for health care workers who treat Medicare and Medicaid patients is in effect in half the country. Two federal appeals courts blocked its enforcement in a total of 24 states; it remains in effect in the 26 others. The Supreme Court left that in place, as well, until January's argument.
The third Biden vaccination requirement, for federal contractors, is on hold nationwide, blocked by order of a federal judge in Georgia."
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"Former President Donald Trump has doubled down on his support for COVID-19 vaccines, pointing out in an interview this week that most of those dying and hospitalized from the coronavirus have not received the life-saving shots.
Trump supporters and conservatives are among the groups most likely to reject inoculation, according to numerous polls. But the former president has repeatedly touted the efficacy of the vaccines, describing their rapid development as a signature achievement of his administration's Operation War Speed in 2020.
During an interview with Daily Wire host Candace Owens this week, Trump again touted the vaccines even as the conservative host attempted to cast doubt on their efficacy. He described the vaccine as "one of the greatest achievements of mankind."
"I came up with a vaccine, with three vaccines," Trump said. "All are very, very good. Came up with three of them in less than nine months. It was supposed to take five to 12 years."
metmike: Funny that the main reason that he is doing this has to do more with his personal legacy, not saving lives BUT WE'RE THRILLED TO HAVE TRUMP ON BOARD with the life saving message.....for whatever the reason.
Maybe he can get thru to some stubborn anti COVID vaxxers on the far right and help save alot of lives and reduce the tremendous damage from Long Covid and costly illness created in those that survive.
However, there is a chance that Omicron could not be that bad and quickly get us to herd immunity and all of a sudden............vaccinations are not as important as they have been this past year with the vaccine saving hundreds of thousands of lives because of the Delta but not saving that many lives with Omicron.
"Trump was vaccinated against COVID-19 shortly before he left office and revealed this past weekend that he has also received his booster shot.
"On Tuesday, President Biden praised his predecessor’s vaccine development and touted his own administration’s rollout.
“Let me be clear,” the president said. “Thanks to the prior administration and our scientific community, America was one of the first countries to get the vaccine. Thanks to my administration and the hard work of Americans, we led a rollout that made America among the world leaders in getting shots in arms.”
Biden also commended his predecessor for receiving the booster shot, saying it “may be one of the few things he and I agree on.”