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Judge blocks Biden Administration’s vaccine mandate for millions of workers

Published: Nov. 30, 2021 at 4:49 PM EST
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FRANKFORT, Ky. (WXIX) - A United States district judge ruled in favor of an injunction to block the Biden Administration from enforcing a COVID-19 vaccine mandate for federal contractors and subcontractors.

The judge’s ruling comes in response to the lawsuit filed by Attorneys general in Ohio, Kentucky and Tennessee against the president’s administration.

The judge wrote in his decision that this was not a question about whether or not the vaccine is effective.

The judge also acknowledges this is not about determining if the government can require citizens to obtain vaccines, which the government can, the judge wrote.

“The question presented here is narrow. Can the president use congressionally delegated authority to manage the federal procurement of goods and services to impose vaccines on the employees of federal contractors and subcontractors?

“In all likelihood, the answer to that question is no. So, for the reasons that follow, the pending request for a preliminary injunction will be GRANTED.”

According to the Department of Labor, “workers employed by federal contractors” makeup “approximately one-fifth of the entire U.S. labor force,” the judge cited in his decision.

Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost released the following statement about the decision:

“This is not about vaccines, it’s about the mandates,” Yost said. “The judge’s opinion clearly states that and it has been our position all along that the president cannot impose these mandates on the people.”

Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron also sent a statement:

“Today, a federal court halted the Biden Administration’s vaccine mandate for federal contractors,” said Attorney General Cameron. “This is a significant ruling because it gives immediate relief from the federal government’s vaccine requirement to Kentuckians who either contract with the federal government or work for a federal contractor.”

Tuesday’s injunction is applied to one of three lawsuits seeking to block vaccine mandates.

One lawsuit applies to private businesses with 100 or more employees, while the other is for healthcare workers.

On Monday, a federal judge blocked President Joe Biden’s administration from enforcing a vaccine mandate on thousands of health care workers in 10 states.

Neither Ohio, Indiana, or Kentucky were among the 10 states part of Monday’s decision, despite all three having filed lawsuits.

But Tuesday night, a federal judge in Louisiana issued an injunction against the mandate on healthcare workers that takes effect nationwide.

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