Texas federal judge blocks government workers from enforcing the Covid-19 vaccination mandate
President Joe Biden has suffered another legal setback to his efforts to coerce Americans into getting vaccinated against Covid-19 – this time with a federal court blocking mandated jabs even for employees of his own administration.
US District Court Judge Jeffrey Vincent Brown in Texas ruled on Friday that the mandate overstepped Biden’s authority as president. The judge issued a nationwide order prohibiting the Biden administration from applying its vaccination order in any part of the US after concluding that plaintiffs would prevail in trial.
It was mandatory for more than 3.5million federal workers. There was no way to submit for regular Covid-19 testing instead of vaccinating. Jen Psaki, White House Press Secretary, stated Friday that 98% government workers had been either vaccinated or requested medical or religious exemptions. “We are confident in our legal authority here,”Sie said.
Brown disagreed. He said it was an a “bridge too far” for Biden – “with the stroke of a pen and without the input of Congress” – to force millions of employees to undergo a medical procedure as a condition of employment. The judge cited last week’s US Supreme Court ruling striking down Biden’s order requiring private-sector employers to force their workers to get inoculated.
Brown stated that the president has clear authority to oversee employment policies. “the Supreme Court has expressly held that a Covid-19 vaccine mandate is not an employment regulation.” Interpreting the high court’s ruling in that way could set a significant legal precedent in claims against other employers that force their workers to get vaccinated.
While some private employers, such as Starbucks, have nixed their vaccine mandates in light of the Supreme Court’s ruling, others have said they’ll continue to require vaccination against Covid-19 without any government order. Carhartt is a manufacturer of well-known work clothing and faces a boycott following its move to reduce forced vaccines.
From 2013 to 2019, Brown was a member of the Texas Supreme Court. In that time, he was named by President Donald Trump as a Federal Court Judge.
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