Biden withdraws workplace COVID vaccine mandate

The Biden administration will be withdrawing their workplace COVID-19 vaccine mandate in response to the Supreme Court ruling that blocked the directive. 

According to The Washington Examiner, the administration is revoking their request for the Occupational Safety and Health Administration to enforce the mandate. 

“Although OSHA is withdrawing the vaccination and testing ETS as an enforceable emergency temporary standard, the agency is not withdrawing the ETS as a proposed rule,” the agency said in a statement.

“OSHA strongly encourages vaccination of workers against the continuing dangers posed by COVID-19 in the workplace.”

According to the Examiner, the mandate required businesses with 100 or more employees to require workers to either be vaccinated against COVID-19 or wear a mask and submit to regular testing. 

The Biden administration announced the mandate late last year, but it was quickly challenged by several court cases, and it was eventually shut down by the nation’s high court. 

“The Supreme Court blocked the mandate on Jan. 13. In its 6-3 decision, the high court ruled the Labor Department, which oversees OSHA, did not have the authority to impose the mandate,” The Examiner reported.

“OSHA said in its filing to the Federal Register, which tracks government agency rulemaking, that it would withdraw the ETS in response to the court’s decision.

If upheld, the mandate would have impacted more than 70 million workers who are believed to have not been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 with the vaccines available today. 

The plan also came with teeth, to the tune of OSHA fines of around $14,000 per violation if the mandate had been implemented and businesses were found to be in defiance of the sweeping rule. 

Surprisingly to many, several large businesses, such as Starbucks, announced that they would ease up and allow their COVID-19 mandate to fall by the wayside in favor of more medical freedom for workers. 

While regular businesses were spared the trouble of fending off governmental regulation, healthcare workers weren’t so lucky with their COVID-19 mandate being put into effect. 

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