White House tells companies to move forward with vaccine mandate

For the second time in a month, the White House on Thursday urged big business to move forward with coronavirus vaccine mandates for their workforce despite court challenges to the Biden administration’s vaccine or proof requirement for private companies.

“Our message to businesses at this time is to move forward with measures that will make their workplaces safer and protect their workforce from COVID-19,” White House press secretary. Jen psakiJen Psaki Equilibrium / Sustainability – Presented by Southern Company – Native Solar Startups See Business as Activism Psaki: Sexism Contributes to Some Criticism of Harris Arkansas Opens Boosters to All Adults MORE told reporters during a briefing. “That was our message after the first suspension issued by the Fifth Circuit. That is still our message and nothing has changed. “

Psaki’s comments came after the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) said it would suspend enforcement of the COVID-19 vaccine mandate for businesses after a federal appeals court reaffirmed its decision to suspend the mandate. .

Psaki said Thursday that the administration remains confident it has the authority to issue the rule, known as the temporary emergency standard, which requires companies with more than 100 employees to require their employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19 or undergo COVID-19 vaccination. regular tests for the virus.

Psaki also said the administration was still working outside of the Jan.4 deadline it set for companies to comply with the rule, despite the ongoing legal dispute.

“We keep moving towards the same timeline. The Justice Department is vigorously defending the temporary emergency rule in court and we trust OSHA’s authority, ”said Psaki.

A three-judge panel of the US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit in New Orleans blocked the vaccine’s mandate earlier this month. The justices, all of whom were appointed by Republican presidents, described the vaccine rule as “vastly” beyond OSHA’s authority. At the time of the initial ruling, the White House urged companies to go ahead with vaccine requirements for workers.

Earlier this week, the legal dispute over the vaccine rule was transferred to the Cincinnati-based U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, which is considered one of the most conservative circuit courts in the nation, though less conservative than the New Orleans court of appeals.

That could spell trouble for the fate of the vaccine mandate.

Still, Psaki noted that surveys show companies are moving forward with some kind of vaccine rule to protect their workforce from COVID-19 regardless of the ongoing dispute, welcoming those efforts. Several well-known companies have publicly adopted the mandates.

The business vaccine rule was part of a broader effort to President BidenJoe Biden Florida Republicans Vote To Limit Vaccine Mandates Bill Honoring 13 Service Members Killed In Afghanistan Heads To Biden’s Desk Overnight Defense And Homeland Security – Presented By Boeing – Pentagon Promises More Transparency In air strikes MORE to encourage more people to get vaccinated in the United States, where just under 60 percent of the total population is fully vaccinated against COVID-19.


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