Another Federal Judge Halts Vaccine Mandate

Motion applies to healthcare professionals nationwide. 

A U.S. District Court in Louisiana has halted the start of President Biden’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate for healthcare workers. The judge’s decision came after a similar ruling early in the week by a district judge in Missouri, but that decision applied to just ten states. 

The vaccine mandate had been set to begin next week. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services had required workers at facilities that participate in the programs to get at least one vaccine inoculation by Monday and get fully vaccinated by January 4. 

In his ruling, which is expanded to a nationwide injunction, the judge wrote, “If the executive branch is allowed to usurp the power of the legislative branch to make laws, two of the three powers conferred by our Constitution would be in the same hands. If human nature and history teach anything, it is that civil liberties face grave risks when governments proclaim indefinite states of emergency. 

“During a pandemic such as this one, it is even more important to safeguard the separation of powers set forth in our Constitution to avoid erosion of our liberties.” 

Federal vaccine mandates have been the target of various lawsuits filed over the past few months. Earlier in November, over half of U.S. states filed or joined lawsuits opposing a vaccine mandate for employees of large companies. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued a rule on November 4 requiring companies with at least 100 employees to get vaccinated or take weekly COVID tests, which was blocked by the Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. 

As the Lord Leads, Pray with Us…

  • For district court judges as they rule on the separation of powers and the overstepping of federal agencies. 
  • For the president and his advisors to issue orders according to current law and the Constitution. 
  • For the continued weakening of the COVID-19 virus and its variants and rescinding of the state of emergency. 

Sources: Business Insider, Newsmax 


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