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Supreme Court Blocks Workplace Vaccine Rules, Allows Requirement for Health Care Workers

On Thursday, the Supreme Court blocked enforcement of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) Emergency Temporary Standard requiring employees of large businesses to get vaccinated against COVID-19 or submit to weekly testing.  The Court voted 6-3 along usual ideological lines and argued that the vaccine requirement exceeded OSHA’s authority. The requirement will remain on hold while the challenges to its legality continue in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit. 

In a separate ruling, the Court voted 5-4 to uphold a requirement from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services mandating vaccination of health care workers at facilities that receive funds from the agency.

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