What is the status of the COVID-19 vaccine in the United States?
This has been suspended indefinitely due to legal concerns, but employers may still require injections.
To control the spread of COVID-19, President Joe Biden previously stated that businesses with 100 or more employees would need COVID-19 vaccinations or weekly employee testing for the virus. The rule was supposed to take effect on January 4 and affect about 84 million workers across the country.
But soon after the rule was issued by the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration, it faced numerous legal challenges from businesses, conservative groups, and Republican attorneys general who said the agency had no authority to demand vaccinations.
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On Nov. 6, a federal appeals court in New Orleans suspended the rule, saying it was a “one-stop sledgehammer” that was too broad. Ten days later, all objections to this claim were consolidated in another Cincinnati Court of Appeals.
In an appeal to court, lawyers for the Biden administration said the mandate was necessary to reduce transmission of the virus in the workplace. He asked to be allowed to move on with the rule.
The requirement for employers is one of several challenges to the Biden administration’s vaccination regulations. Federal judges have also limited the powers of health care providers for Medicare and Medicaid.