(Reuters) – The US Supreme Court on Wednesday agreed to take up disputes over the Biden administration's nationwide mandate for vaccine or testing covid-19 for large companies and a separate vaccine requirement for healthcare professionals.
The brief the court. According to the decision, the court will hear oral arguments on January 7 in both cases, with rulings likely to follow shortly.
The court, which has a Conservative majority of 6-3, delayed action on urgent requests in both cases. sought an immediate decision. The workplace mandate is currently in force nationwide, while the health care worker mandate is blocked in half of the 50 U.S. states.
The White House is convinced of the legal authority for the two mandates, White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki said in a press release. statement, and the Department of Justice "will vigorously defend both before the Supreme Court." An appeals court on Friday allowed the workplace mandate, which includes 80 million American workers, to take effect, prompting companies, states and other groups who questioned the policy to ask the Supreme Court to block it.  The second case concerns whether the administration can require medical staff at facilities that treat federally funded Medicare and Medicaid patients to be shot while litigation is ongoing.
B. ident administration asked the court to allow the policy to take effect in 24 states where it was blocked by lower courts. It is also blocked in Texas in a separate case that is not subject to the rule of law.
In September, President Joe Biden unveiled rules to increase the number of adult vaccinations as a way to fight the pandemic, which has killed more than 800,000 Americans and weighed heavily
Among the challengers are 27 mostly Republican-clad states, various individual companies and business groups, and two groups of religious entities, including the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky. Business challengers include the National Federation of Independent Business, an industry group representing small businesses.
Last week, the 6th U.S. Court of Appeals in Cincinnati overturned an injunction in November that had blocked the workplace rule from the U.S. work environment. Administration, which applies to companies with at least 100 workers.
The health care worker rule, which has also been questioned by mostly Republican-clad states, required that more than 2 million unvaccinated health care workers receive a first vaccine dose by 6 December.
Medicare and Medicaid are federal programs that provide health care for people who are elderly, disabled, or living on low incomes.