Judge blocks President Biden’s vaccine mandate for federal contractors

Georgia court ruling came down on Dec. 7

FILE - A registered nurse fills a syringe with the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine at a pop-up vaccination site in the Staten Island borough of New York, April 8, 2021. All private employers in New York City will have to require their workers to get vaccinated against COVID-19, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Monday, Dec. 6, imposing one of the most aggressive vaccine rules in the nation. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, File) (Mary Altaffer, Copyright 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

A Georgia judge ruled to block President Joe Biden’s federal vaccine mandate for all U.S. contractors and subcontractors on Tuesday.

The governors of Georgia, Alabama, Idaho, Kansas, South Carolina, Utah and West Virginia filed the Oct. 29 lawsuit against Biden’s executive order, which “requires all ‘covered contractors’ to be fully vaccinated by Jan. 18, 2022,” a court document reads.

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The court ruled that the federal administration cannot implement a vaccine mandate for any U.S. employee under government contract.

Biden’s federal rule previously said businesses with 100 or more employees would need to require a COVID-19 vaccination or a weekly test for COVID-19.

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