SCOTUS set to hear arguments in challenges against Biden vaccine mandates

President Joe Biden’s sweeping federal COVID-19 vaccine mandates have been met with fierce resistance on multiple fronts.

Now, the Daily Wire reports that the U.S. Supreme Court is set to hear arguments next month regarding challenges to two such executive decrees.

Deadlines loom

Unless the nation’s highest court intervenes, the White House will soon begin forcing employees at private companies with more than 100 workers to either receive the vaccine or undergo weekly testing at their own expense. The order applies to roughly 80 million Americans, according to the Daily Mail.

Furthermore, the Biden administration is pursuing a plan to ensure that all 17 million health care employees at facilities that receive Medicare or Medicaid funding are “fully vaccinated.”

As politicians and medical experts aggressively push for booster shots after the initial one- or two-dose inoculations, “fully vaccinated” seems to have become a moving target.

Justices are scheduled to hear arguments regarding both mandates on Jan. 7, though they declined to make an immediate decision as requested, according to the Daily Mail. The window for unvaccinated workers is rapidly closing, with deadlines for enforcement approaching early next year.

Although the initial deadline for health care workers to receive their first shot was Dec. 6, the policy was suspended shortly before that date. Of course, a number of private companies are carrying on with their own vaccine mandates regardless of the court’s decision in these cases.

“Every danger that humans face”

The Biden administration’s position on vaccine mandates represents a stark contrast to the president’s rhetoric as the president-elect late last year.

In a speech at the time, Biden vowed that he would not force Americans to receive the vaccine. In September, he backtracked on that promise and declared that unvaccinated citizens had become a danger to the country.

Although much of his party is on board with the strict federal mandates, they have received steady pushback from critics representing various segments of society. A mandate for federal contractors was blocked nationwide, while the requirement for health care workers was struck down in roughly half the country, according to ABC News.

The mandate impacting millions of private-sector employees, however, currently remains intact across the nation. A group of Republican-led states, business groups, and religious organizations have responded by asking the Supreme Court to block that mandate after it was reinstated by an appeals court last week.

For his part, Ohio Attorney General David Yost (R) denounced the mandate as “nothing more than a pretext for increasing the number of vaccinated Americans,” insisting that the broad standard cited by the White House “would cover every danger that humans face as a result of being alive.”

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