President Joe Biden’s vaccine mandate for companies with over 100 employees is halted in federal court

On Saturday the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals issued an emergency stay for Occupational Safety and Health Administration requiring that workers be vaccinated by Jan. 4 or receive weekly tests and wear masks.

The Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry called Biden’s attempt at mandating the vaccine an “unlawful overreach.”

OSHA’s legal representatives said the Justice Department will defend the rule that OSHA may act quickly in an emergency that places workers in grave danger, which is what the vaccine mandate is said to be doing.


The states suing the Biden administration were Mississippi, Louisiana and Texas in this district, and while a ruling would normally only affect them, the terminology the judge used applied to the entire country.

In total 27 states are suing over the mandate. The biggest issue seen by federal judges ruling in favor of these states and officials supporting the lawsuit is the overreach and violation of the constitution by forcing Americans to undergo medical procedures.

Related: All U.S. companies with over 100 employees need employees vaccinated or testing out by January 4


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