Sunday, October 2, 2022

Supreme Court to hold extraordinary meeting on vaccine requirements

WASHINGTON ( Associated Press). The Supreme Court said it will hold a special meeting in two weeks to weigh the concerns of the Biden administration’s two policies regarding vaccine requirements for millions of workers, policies that affect large employers and healthcare workers.

The Supreme Court’s announcement on Wednesday that it will hear arguments in the January 7 cases came amid rising coronavirus cases and is an extremely fast timetable. A re-hearing of the case in court was not scheduled until January 10.

A three-judge panel of the 6th US District Court of Appeals in Cincinnati ruled 2: 1 on Friday that a vaccine or testing regime for workers in larger companies could go into effect. The plan requires workers in large companies to get vaccinated or wear face masks and get tested weekly. The requirement could affect about 84 million workers in the United States.

States, conservative organizations and Republican-led businesses challenged the claim after the OSHA issued the rule in early November. The rule was supposed to take effect on January 4th.

The High Court will also hear arguments over a rule issued November 5 by the Medicare and Medicaid Centers that applies to a wide range of health care providers receiving federal Medicare or Medicaid funding. This requires their workers to receive their first dose of COVID-19 vaccine by December 6 and be fully vaccinated by January 4. The vaccine was planned to affect more than 17 million workers in approximately 76,000 healthcare facilities, as well as in homes. providers.

The decisions of the 5th US Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans and the 8th US Circuit Court of Appeals in St. Louis, as well as a federal judge in Texas, have blocked powers in about half of the states.

In a statement Wednesday night after the court announced it would hear arguments, the White House defended its policy and said that, especially with the spread of the omicron coronavirus, “it is critical to protect workers with vaccination requirements and testing protocols that are urgent the order you want. “

“We are confident in the legal force of both politicians, and (the Justice Department) will vigorously defend both of them in the Supreme Court,” the statement said.

The Supreme Court’s decision to quickly argue the claims was unusual. Both issues came to the court on an urgent basis, and the court usually makes quick decisions on applications for emergency assistance without the more typical full briefing and oral arguments.

But the court has also been criticized lately for how it handles what has been called a “shadow case.” In September, Judge Samuel Alito challenged this criticism, arguing that it was unfounded.

Earlier this year, the Supreme Court announced that all judges were vaccinated. However, due to the coronavirus, the court is closed to the public. Lawyers defending cases must test negative for COVID-19, and journalists observing arguments must also test negative.

Problems are also brewing in lower courts with the Biden administration’s requirement for federal contractors to be vaccinated against COVID-19.

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