Opponents urge court to put Biden’s COVID-19 vaccine rule on hold – Community News

Opponents urge court to put Biden’s COVID-19 vaccine rule on hold

Nov 9 (Reuters) – The Biden government’s employer for COVID-19 vaccination must remain blocked as U.S. employers don’t have to scramble to implement an illegal rule, opponents told a federal appeals court on Tuesday.

The US 5th Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans is considering lifting a Saturday-issued injunction freezing the rule during a lawsuit. read more

The government has been sued by private employers, religious organizations and states, including Texas, for allegedly exceeding its powers to issue the vaccine rule.

Companies must begin drafting policies and collecting health information for employees to prepare for the rule’s implementation by the January 4 deadline, while also dealing with labor shortages and logistical issues.

“These charges begin now,” the opponents said in the case file. “They won’t be able to get that lost time and effort back if the rule is eventually imposed.”

The Biden administration told the U.S. 5th Circuit Court on Monday that if it doesn’t lift the rule’s suspension, dozens or even hundreds of workers could die every day. read more

Opponents also rejected the government’s request to let the court wait until next week, when other cases filed in federal appeals courts across the country will be grouped into one court.

The rule unveiled last week by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requires companies with at least 100 employees to require staff to be vaccinated against COVID-19 or tested weekly and wear masks.

President Joe Biden said in September, as cases of COVID-19 increased, that unvaccinated Americans were running out of patience and unveiled measures to boost vaccinations.

About two dozen states and many large corporations have imposed their own vaccination requirements for employees. About 80% of American adults have received at least one vaccine against COVID-19.

Reporting by Tom Hals in Wilmington, Delaware; Editing by Stephen Coates

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