FRIDAY, April 8, 2022 (HealthDay News)
A rule requiring US federal government employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19 has been reinstated by a federal appeals court.
the mandate was filed in September but the execution was halted in January by a preliminary injunction issued by a federal judge in Texas, The New York Times reported.
On Thursday, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit ruled 2-1 that the Texas judge had no jurisdiction to block the requirement that federal workers be vaccinated or face disciplinary action. . The rule also applies to healthcare workers and some private sector staff.
The appeals court also said the Feds for Medical Freedom group’s lawsuit challenging the warrant should be dismissed, the Time reported.
Approximately 95% of federal employees had already been vaccinated when the injunction was issued, according to the White House.
The application of a vaccine or test mandate from the Biden administration for large employers has been blocked by the U.S. Supreme Court in January, and a vaccine requirement for employees of federal contractors was blocked by a federal judge in December.
As of Thursday, two-thirds of eligible Americans were fully vaccinated against COVID-19, according to the latest data from the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Visit the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to learn more about Covid vaccines.
THE SOURCE: The New York Times
By Robert Preidt Health Day Journalist
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