US appeals court blocks Biden’s federal COVID-19 vaccine mandate


A federal appeals court has blocked the Biden administration’s latest COVID-19 vaccination mandate, giving the government until Monday afternoon to submit a response.

An emergency stay, issued Saturday from the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, prevents the White House from requiring all full and part-time workers at private-sector companies with 100 or more employees to be vaccinated or get tested weekly.

In its decision, the court cited “grave statutory and constitutional” concerns about the government’s mandate, which is scheduled to take effect on January 4.

The mandate — issued Thursday under a new rule by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration would apply to some 84 million Americans — has been challenged in court by several red states.

Employers who don’t comply could face fines of up to $14,000 per infraction, according to the government’s guidelines.

In September, the president promised to impose a flurry of vaccine mandates after the Delta variant led to a spike in COVID-19 infections, ending what Biden called the “summer of freedom” from the deadly virus.

“A distinct minority of Americans supported by a distinct minority of elected officials are keeping us from turning the corner,” Biden said in a White House address. “We’ve been patient, but our patience is wearing thin, and your refusal has cost all of us.”

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  1. As terrible as the US is there are times I admire their legal system.

    The Caribbean has outdated laws, laws that no longer apply to modern society and as Mr. Astaphan explained quite eloquently with regards to mandatory vaccination, ” This issue of a choice to take or not to take without consequences is a fiction. Constitutional rights are not absolute or unqualified”.

    And his sentiments were echoed by his fellow legal luminary, Mr. Kentish, who also made reference to the 1975 Court of Appeal, in a matter of public order as opposed to public health, said this: “By reason of section one of the constitution and by the very definition of the rights themselves contained in chapter one, there is no such thing as an absolute, unqualified, fundamental right guaranteed by the constitution.”

    And it is these legal loopholes that can, more often than not, work against the general public.

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