Biden Admin Defends Vaccine Mandate

November 9, 2021
Biden Admin Defends Vaccine Mandate

With the reopening of workplaces and the emergence of the highly transmissible Delta variant, the threat to workers is ongoing and overwhelming.

The Biden administration in a court brief defending their vaccine/testing requirements for companies with 100 or more employees.
  • 26 states have sued the federal government, alleging an overreach of authority.
  • While most of those states are led by Republican governors, a Democrat (from Kansas) has also joined, saying the policy is coming too late in the pandemic to validate.
  • States aren't the only ones suing – others include business organizations and religious groups.
  • The new policy requires companies with 100 or more employees to enforce COVID-19 vaccine or weekly testing requirements, and require mask-wearing for those who are not vaccinated.
  • Why It Matters: The federal government often sets precedent for policy nationwide. The legal challenges to the requirement could end up in the Supreme Court.

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by Jenna Lee,