“OSHA has never before imposed such a mandate. Neither does Congress. In fact, while Congress has enacted significant legislation addressing the COVID-19 pandemic, has refused to enact any measure similar to what OSHA has enacted hereConservatives wrote in an unsigned opinion.
On the other hand, the three liberals -Stephen Breyer, Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan- opined in the opposite direction. They argued that it was the court that overreached the replace your judgment with that of health experts. “Acting outside its competence and without legal basis, Court shifts judgments of government officials assigned responsibility for responding to workplace health emergencies”, They wrote in a joint dissent.
“Today we are not wise. Faced with a pandemic that still continues, this Court tells the agency charged with protecting the safety of workers that it may not do so in all necessary workplaces. As illnesses and deaths continue to rise, this Court tells the agency that it cannot respond in the most effective way possible.“he added.
More than 208 million Americans, 62.7% of the population, are fully vaccinated, and more than a third of them have received booster shots, according to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. All nine judges have received booster shots.