According to The Hill, a federal judge in Georgia ruled on Tuesday to temporarily halt President Joe Biden’s vaccine mandate for federal contractors until a court can rule on its ultimate constitutionality.
The ruling dealt another blow to Biden’s vaccine mandates, which have mostly been blocked in the form of temporary injunctions, pending a final court decision at a higher level.
U.S. District Judge R. Stan Baker, an appointee of former President Donald Trump, said challengers of the mandate were likely to win their case against the mandates.
“The Court acknowledges the tragic toll that the COVID-19 pandemic has wrought throughout the nation and the globe,” Baker’s ruling read. “However, even in times of crisis this Court must preserve the rule of law and ensure that all branches of government act within the bounds of their constitutionally granted authorities.”
Deadline was approaching
Nearly two million federally contracted workers were up against a Jan. 18 deadline to get fully vaccinated.
The mandate for federal contractors did not include a weekly testing option like the mandate for private businesses with more than 100 workers.
The federal contractor mandate had already been stayed in Kentucky, Ohio, and Tennessee last month by another federal judge, but the new ruling expands the block nationwide.
Republican officials have balked at the vaccine requirements even though many Republicans are vaccinated because they take away personal freedom of choice.
Vaccine hesitancy continues
As of September, around 20% of the U.S. adult population was still vaccine-hesitant, according to WebMD. That number was a significant drop from earlier estimates.
Private employers that enacted their own vaccine mandates have seen around a 5% resignation/termination rate due to the mandates.
While vaccines have been officially reported to be safe and effective, unofficial reports have detailed some serious reactions to the vaccine that clearly kept many Americans hesitant to take the jab.
Natural immunity isn’t factored into any of the vaccine mandates pushed by the Biden administration. Many Americans have reasoned that they don’t want to take additional risks in getting the vaccine — however small — if they don’t really need it because of natural immunity.