The U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral arguments on January 7 in direct challenges to a pair of Biden vaccine mandates. The high court’s decision comes after the 6th District Court of Appeals inexplicably decided to lift a stay on the Biden vaccine mandate issued by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.
“The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit temporarily put the mandate on hold in November, but the challenges were consolidated in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit, which reinstated the mandate last week,” SCOTUS Blog noted.
“The challengers went quickly to the Supreme Court, filing over a dozen separate requests asking the justices to block the 6th Circuit’s ruling,” the blog noted. “The justices on Wednesday night set two of those requests for oral argument – one filed by a group of trade associations and the other by a group of states, led by Ohio – on a highly expedited basis. The 6th Circuit’s ruling reviving the mandate will remain in force until the Supreme Court acts on the challengers’ request, although OSHA has indicated that it will not issue citations for failure to comply with the rule until Jan. 10 at the earliest.”
The high court will also hear a case regarding vaccine mandates for health care workers.
“The Biden administration also came to the court last week, asking the justices to allow it to temporarily enforce a rule issued by the Department of Health and Human Services that requires all health care workers at facilities that participate in the Medicare and Medicaid programs to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 unless they are eligible for a medical or religious exemption,” SCOTUS blog added. “Lower-court rulings blocked the administration from enforcing the vaccine mandate in approximately half of the states. The justices will hear argument on whether those rulings should remain in place.”
The Supreme Court’s decision to hear the cases came as a bit of a “surprise” to court watchers.
“The decision on Wednesday to hear oral argument on the emergency requests came as somewhat of a surprise: It seemed more likely that the court would dispose of the requests with a brief order, as it normally does on the so-called ‘shadow docket’,” SCOTUS blog notes. “Instead, and perhaps in response to criticism of the increased use of the shadow docket to litigate major policy disputes, the justices fast-tracked the cases for oral argument, as they have already done twice this year when fielding requests for emergency relief in the battle over Texas’ controversial abortion law and a request by a Texas inmate to have his pastor touch him and pray out loud during his execution.”
The White House claimed that the expedited hearing was necessary to protect workers from the Omicron variant.
“Especially as the US faces the highly transmissible Omicron variant, it is critical to protect workers with vaccination requirements and testing protocols that are urgently needed,” White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said in a statement. “At a critical moment for the nation’s health, the OSHA vaccination or testing rule ensures that employers are protecting their employees and the CMS health care vaccination requirement ensures that providers are protecting their patients.”
So far, the Omicron variant has reportedly claimed one American life. As Omicron has become the dominant strain in the U.S., it has become apparent that neither vaccines, nor “boosters” impede transmission. Over 200 million Americans are believed to have “natural immunity,” and thus, do not need the vaccines. It is imperative that the Supreme Court recognize scientific reality, as well as Americans’ legal rights, and strike down the unlawful Biden mandates.
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