Since September, President Joe Biden has touted a series of executive orders aimed at forcing more Americans to get vaccinated against COVID-19.
However, the Biden administration was dealt another devastating legal blow this week, with The Daily Wire reporting that a federal court refused to lift an injunction against Biden’s vaccine mandate for healthcare workers.
Biden’s requirement that all healthcare workers receive the COVID-19 vaccine is being challenged by a coalition of 10 states, led by Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt (R).
8th Circuit refuses
In November, the plaintiffs succeeded in convincing a federal judge to block the order, a move that Schmitt celebrated in a statement.
“Earlier today, the United States District Court, Eastern District of Missouri, issued a preliminary injunction halting the Biden Administration from enforcing its vaccine mandate on healthcare workers,” he declared.
“This is a huge victory for healthcare workers in Missouri and across the country, including rural hospitals who were facing near-certain collapse due to this mandate,” Schmitt continued.
The Republican AG added: “While today’s ruling is a victory, there’s more work to be done, and I will keep fighting to push back on this unprecedented federal overreach.”
On Monday, the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals refused a request by the Biden administration to have the lower court’s injunction lifted, a move that Schmitt welcomed.
“The 8th Circuit Court of Appeals denied the Department of Justice’s motion for stay pending appeal in our lawsuit against the vaccine mandate on healthcare workers, meaning our injunction will stay in place,” he tweeted.
It’s not the only one
Biden’s vaccine mandate for healthcare workers is not the only one facing problems, as Fox News reported last week that similar vaccine mandates covering federal contractors and companies with more than 100 employees have also hit multiple legal roadblocks.
The Fox report noted that U.S. District Judge R. Stan Baker issued a ruling which said the federal contractor vaccine requirement exceeded the executive branch’s constitutional authority.
Meanwhile, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced in November that it was suspending its requirement for businesses to verify their employees’ vaccination status in response to another court ruling.