Many felt relieved last month after a federal judge in Louisiana issued an injunction against an executive order requiring that all health care workers be vaccinated for COVID.
The Biden administration hasn’t given up, however, with the Daily Wire reporting that it has asked the Supreme Court to uphold its mandate.
Vaccine mandate partially reinstated
According to a report from The Hill, the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals later limited the injunction by having it only apply in Louisiana, Montana, Arizona, Alabama, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Utah, West Virginia, Kentucky and Ohio.
What’s more, the Daily Wire noted that enforcement of the healthcare worker mandate has also been blocked in another 12 states by a federal judge in Missouri, meaning that it cannot be enforced in over half the country.
That situation has prompted the Biden administration to file a request with the nation’s highest Court on Thursday seeking a final judgment.
“That requirement will save hundreds or even thousands of lives each month, and the Eleventh Circuit has held that it is a valid exercise of the Secretary’s authority,” the Biden administration’s brief asserted.
“Yet the requirement has been blocked in ten States by the district court’s preliminary injunction in this case, which a divided panel of the Eighth Circuit declined to stay in a one-sentence order,” it continued.
“This application seeks a stay of that injunction to allow the Secretary’s urgently needed health and safety measure to take effect before the winter spike in COVID-19 cases worsens further,” the request went on.
It added, “Indeed, it is difficult to imagine a more paradigmatic health and safety condition than a requirement that workers at hospitals, nursing homes, and other medical facilities take the step that most effectively prevents transmission of a deadly virus to vulnerable patients.”
Vaccine mandate may create shortage of medical staff
Still, others contend that healthcare is likely to be negatively impact by the mandate as it will lead to a shortage of staff at many facilities.
A Wall Street Journal report pointed out that across the country, “thousands of nurses have left the industry or lost their jobs rather than get vaccinated.”
“As of September, 30 percent of workers at more than 2,000 hospitals across the country surveyed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention were unvaccinated,” it added.