US appeals court affirms hold on Biden COVID-19 vaccine mandate

Reuters

Posted at Nov 13 2021 08:20 AM

JBS employee Luis Arellano receives his first dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine from Kaiser Permanente medical assistant Liz Negron during a two-day vaccination clinic inside the JBS Greeley Beef plant in Greeley, Colorado, U.S., March 5, 2021. Alex McIntyre, The Greeley Tribune/Pool Via Reuters/File
JBS employee Luis Arellano receives his first dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine from Kaiser Permanente medical assistant Liz Negron during a two-day vaccination clinic inside the JBS Greeley Beef plant in Greeley, Colorado, U.S., March 5, 2021. Alex McIntyre, The Greeley Tribune/Pool Via Reuters/File

A U.S. appeals court on Friday affirmed its decision to put on hold an order by President Joe Biden for companies with 100 workers or more to require COVID-19 vaccines, rejecting a challenge by his administration.

The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans upheld the ruling despite the Biden administration saying on Monday that halting implementation of the rule could lead to the deaths of dozens or even hundreds of workers.

The government has been sued by private employers, religious organizations and U.S. states saying it was exceeding its authority.

The rule was issued by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and mandates that businesses with at least 100 employees require staff to get vaccinated against COVID-19 or be tested weekly and wear a mask. 

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