Wednesday, January 19, 2022

Department of Justice declares COVID-19 vaccine orders legal

Federal law does not prohibit public agencies, private companies from requiring vaccines for employees

The Department of Justice concluded in an opinion that federal law does not prohibit public agencies and private companies from requiring COVID-19 vaccines under the permission for emergency use by the Food and Drug Administration.

On July 26, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, California and New York City said they would require their government workers to get the COVID-19 shot or be tested weekly. With the move, Veterans Affairs became the first federal agency to commission the vaccine.

The Office of the Legal Advice Office of Justice on 26 July (pdf) wrote because access to COVID-19 vaccines is more widespread, ‘numerous educational institutions, employers, and other institutions across the United States’ have stated that they must require some individuals to be vaccinated against the virus as a condition of employment, participation, benefit, service, or relationship.

“For example,” he wrote, “certain schools will require vaccination so that students can attend the class in person, and certain employers will have to be vaccinated as a condition of service.”

The opinion, noting that some question the legitimacy of such mandates, concludes that federal legislation regarding the FDA’s Emergency Use Authorizations (EUA) on COVID-19 vaccines made by Moderna, Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson , ‘not’ public or private entities to establish vaccine requirements, even if the only vaccines are available under EUAs. “

With the Department of Justice statement and the July 26 mandate for veterans matters, it appears that the door is open for other federal agencies to make COVID-19 vaccines a requirement for employees.

Rutgers University became the first university to commission both employees and students earlier this year. And last week Carnegie Hall in Manhattan announced that audience members, staff and artists are required to provide proof of vaccination before entering the building.

The opinion of the Department of Justice comes as messages from mainstream media, some government officials and world leaders around vaccines have become increasingly powerful over the past few days. Amid reports of an increase in cases of ‘Delta’ varieties, authorities in France and Italy recently set up vaccine passport systems for access to private businesses, including restaurants, gyms, theaters and more, a move that is spreading widespread demonstrations across Europe caused weekend.

According to Bill de Blasio, Mayor of New York, on the vaccination of the vaccine MSNBC: “Public sector units must move as fast as possible. This DOJ decision is important. I think it will be useful. We need to put pressure on this situation. ”

Throughout the pandemic, the federal government implemented few COVID-19-related restrictions and targeted travel and public transportation. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has issued guidelines – not mandates – on wearing a mask.

White House press secretary Jen Psaki, who has made conflicting statements about whether the government supports the vaccine passports, told reporters during a briefing last week that the government did not require officials to be vaccinated.

“No, we did not order it,” Psaki replied when asked if the White House had made COVID-19 shots mandatory. She apparently said the White House offered the vaccines to every employee.

Some Republican-led states, meanwhile, have passed laws banning the use of vaccine passports in government agencies and offices. Florida went one step further in May after Gov. Ron DeSantis, a Republican, sign a law which prohibits all private enterprises from using graft gates in its state.

COVID-19 is the disease caused by the CCP virus (Chinese Communist Party).

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