Federal Judge Nominated By Trump Blocks Biden Vaccine Mandate For Health Workers

The President’s vaccine mandate hit another legal roadblock today.

The New York Times reports:

“A federal judge issued a preliminary injunction on Tuesday to halt the start of President Biden’s national vaccine mandate for health care workers, which had been set to begin next week.

The injunction, written by Judge Terry A. Doughty, effectively expanded a separate order issued on Monday by a federal court in Missouri. The earlier one had applied only to 10 states that joined in a lawsuit against the president’s decision to require all health workers in hospitals and nursing homes to receive at least their first shot by Dec. 6 and to be fully vaccinated by Jan. 4.

“There is no question that mandating a vaccine to 10.3 million health care workers is something that should be done by Congress, not a government agency,’ Judge Doughty of U.S. District Court for the Western District of Louisiana wrote. He added: ‘It is not clear that even an act of Congress mandating a vaccine would be constitutional.’

The judge, who was nominated to the court by former President Trump, also wrote that the plaintiffs have an “interest in protecting its citizens from being required to submit to vaccinations” and to prevent the loss of jobs and tax revenue that may result from the mandate.”

For the rest of the story, visit The New York Times here.

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