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14 January 2022

The United States Supreme Court has blocked federal COVID-19 vaccine mandates in a ruling that strikes a blow to the Biden administrations COVID policy direction.

In the case of the “National Federation of Independent Business Vs the Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration” (OSHA) the court voted down the mandates 6-3.

In contrast the Supreme Court gave their approval (5–4) to vaccine mandates impacting institutions that receive federal funding (Medicare and Medicaid) in the case of Biden v. Missouri.

“Today’s decision by the Supreme Court to uphold the requirement for health care workers will save lives:  the lives of patients who seek care in medical facilities, as well as the lives of doctors, nurses, and others who work there. It will cover 10.4 million health care workers at 76,000 medical facilities. We will enforce it.” said Joe Biden via Whitehouse press statement

The OSHA vaccine mandate which was announced by the Biden administration in Sept. 2021 applied to roughly 84 million workers and required workers to be vaccinated for COVID–19 or be tested each week at the employees own expense.

OSHA has the authority to issue emergency rules for up to six months to protect employees “exposed to grave danger” from ‘substances or agents determined to be toxic or physically harmful or from new hazards,” according to the Washington Post

Historically out of the nine emergency rules put forward by OSHA under the “emergency temporary standards” exemption, “six were challenged in court, and only one of those was upheld in full” according to Supreme Court ruling documents.

“This is a big win in removing compliance hurdles for the construction industry, which is facing multiple economic challenges,” the Associated Builders and Contractors organisation said in a statement.

In early December the full bench of the Australian Fair Work Commission found a vaccine mandate instated by BHP’s COVID on its employees at a mine in NSW unlawful, the ABC reported.

A case challenging Victorian vaccine mandates HARDING V SUTTON is due to be heard in the Victorian Supreme Court Mar 15 2022 according according to the Supreme Court of Victoria website.

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Drew Roller is a Filmmaker, Musician and stay at home dad. He enjoys films about sword swinging immortals, 90s games about British spies and long conversations online that push at the boundaries of polite conversation.

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