Supreme Court takes emergency vaccine cases

For too long, the Supreme Court has allowed American’s rights to be trampled in the name of Covid “emergency” powers. That could be coming to an end now, as justices prepare to take emergency cases coming out of the 5th and 6th circuits.

SCOTUSBlog reports:

“On Friday night, within hours of a ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit that reinstated the Biden administration’s vaccine-or-test mandate for large employers, several of the plaintiffs challenging the rule came to the court, asking the justices to stay the 6th Circuit’s ruling while their appeals proceed. Also pending before the justices is an emergency request from the administration to lift lower-court rulings that have blocked a vaccine mandate for workers at health care facilities that receive federal funding.”

“The vaccine-or-test mandate was issued by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration on Nov. 5. It requires all employers with more than 100 employees to mandate that those employees either be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or be tested weekly and wear masks at work.”

“Numerous challenges to the rule followed immediately in courts around the country, filed by (among others) employers, business groups, religious groups, and Republican-led states. They contend that the policy exceeds OSHA’s authority. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit temporarily put the mandate on hold last month, calling the rule “fatally flawed” and “staggeringly overbroad.”