The Supreme Court of U.S on Thursday blocked the decision of President Joe Biden to impose anticovid vaccination in companies with more than 100 employees, which represents a severe blow to the efforts of the Democratic leader.
But in contrast, the high court validated the vaccination obligation for employees of health institutions that depend on federal funds.
Biden it was declared “disappointed” by the court’s decision to annul its order that companies with more than 100 employees require vaccines against covid-19 or test their workers for the virus.
“I am disappointed that the Supreme Court has decided to block common sense requirements (…) for employees of large companies, which were based squarely on both science and the law,” the Democratic president said in a statement.
Biden He welcomed the fact that the Court had finalized the requirement that the health personnel of institutions that receive federal funds be immunized and said that this will affect some 10 million people and “Save lives.”
After months of public calls on Americans to get vaccinated against covid-19, which has killed more than 845,000 people in the United States, Biden announced in September that it would make vaccination against coronavirus compulsory in large private companies.
Unvaccinated employees would have to submit weekly negative tests and wear masks at work. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), a federal agency, gave companies until February 9 to comply with the rules or face fines.
But the six conservative Supreme Court justices ruled that the mandate would represent a “Significant invasion into the life and health of a large number of employees.”
“Although Congress has indisputably given OSHA the power to regulate workplace hazards, it has not given that agency the power to regulate public health more broadly.”they said.
“Requiring the vaccination of 84 million Americans, selected simply because they work for companies with more than 100 employees, certainly falls into the latter category.”they added.
The three progressive judges disagreed, noting that the ruling “It hampers the federal government’s ability to counter the unprecedented threat COVID-19 poses to our nation’s workers.”
“Do no harm”
The vaccination mandate for healthcare personnel at institutions receiving federal funds was approved on a 5-4 vote, with two Conservatives, Chief Justice John Roberts, and Justice Brett Kavanaugh, joining the progressive justices. .
“Ensuring that providers take steps to avoid transmitting a dangerous virus to their patients is consistent with the fundamental principle of the medical profession: First, do no harm,” they held in the majority opinion.
Vaccination has become a politically divisive issue in the United States, where only 62% of the population is vaccinated.
A coalition of 26 trade associations filed a lawsuit against OSHA regulations, and several Republican-led states challenged the healthcare workers mandate.
Former Republican President Donald Trump welcomed the court’s ruling on business.
“The Supreme Court has ruled, confirming what we all knew: the disastrous injunctions of Biden they are unconstitutional “Trump said in a statement. “We are proud of the Supreme Court for not backing down. There are no mandates! ”.
“Freedom wins!”, for his part, who was Trump’s vice president, Mike Pence, tweeted.
Republican Sen. Rick Scott of Florida said the Court’s ruling “Send a clear message: Biden he is not a king and his great excesses of federal power will not be tolerated ”.
“I had COVID and I was vaccinated, but I will NEVER support a vaccination mandate that puts pressure on American workers and kills jobs.“, Dijo Scott.
In your statement, Biden He said it is now up to states and individual employers to determine whether they should require workers “that they take the simple and effective step of getting vaccinated ”.
He said that the Supreme Court ruling “It doesn’t stop me from using my voice as president to advocate for employers to do the right thing to protect the health and economy of Americans.”
“We have to keep working together if we want to save lives, keep people working and leave this pandemic behind.”, He said.
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