As part of his heavy-handed response to the COVID-19 pandemic, President Joe Biden has ordered that all federal employees, including members of the military and some contractors, be vaccinated with very few and limited exemptions.
In reaction to those orders, a group of federal workers, including some U.S. service members, filed a federal lawsuit seeking an injunction to block Biden’s mandatory shots, The Daily Wire reported.
It was in late August that Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin first issued a memo mandating that all members of the U.S. military be vaccinated against COVID-19.
Several weeks later, in September, President Biden issued an executive order mandating the vaccine for all federal workers and contractors within the Executive branch.
Those vaccine mandates were but one prong of a six-part plan rolled out at the same time by the Biden administration to combat the ongoing pandemic.
Mandates unlawful, restrictive
According to The Washington Post, the lawsuit was filed on behalf of a group of ten plaintiffs — four U.S. Air Force officers, a Border Patrol agent, a Secret Service agent, a State Department Foreign Service officer, and three federal contractor employees.
“Americans have remained idle for far too long as our nation’s elected officials continue to satisfy their voracious appetites for power,” the plaintiffs said in the suit.
Aside from asserting that the president had overstepped his constitutional bounds, the lawsuit also argues that more exemptions should be allowed for religious and medical reasons, that natural immunity from prior infection should suffice as a substitute, and that the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) approval process for the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine was flawed and unlawful.
“There is perhaps no greater usurpation of fundamental constitutional rights than forcibly injecting a foreign substance into an American citizen,” the lawsuit states. “The rights of our nation’s most heinous convicted serial killers who have been sentenced to death receive more respect than this.”
The Post noted that both the White House and Defense Department declined requests to comment on the lawsuit filed in Washington D.C. district court on Sept. 23.
Considering that for many months prior to President Biden’s sudden issuance of vaccine mandates, he and his administration had correctly and repeatedly acknowledged that the federal government lacked the authority to make the COVID-19 vaccines mandatory.
It will be interesting to see if the plaintiffs’ attorneys seize upon those prior admissions from the Biden administration as part of the effort to block the impending mandatory deadlines for all federal workers to be fully vaccinated.