After a judgment by the US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit in Cincinnati on Friday, President Joe Biden’s COVID-19 immunization and testing mandate was reinstated. This comes after a federal appeals panel in Louisiana temporarily suspended the vaccine mandate last month.
According to the legislation, employees at organizations with at least 100 employees must be vaccinated against COVID-19 or produce a weekly negative test. However, Louisiana, Texas, Utah, South Carolina, Mississippi, and corporations, religious, and advocacy groups, filed a permanent injunction against the mandate.
According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, the order reinstated by a 2-1 decision on Friday “has established the widespread threat that COVID-19 provides to workers in their workplaces, particularly unvaccinated workers. The mechanics of COVID-19 transmission, according to OSHA, make traditional settings favorable for the disease’s development, putting workers at a higher risk of catching it. Transmission is possible from persons who are symptomatic, asymptomatic, or presymptomatic, with variations being more transmissible.”
According to the Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center, the US hit the dismal milestone of 800,000 COVID-19 deaths this week. In addition, COVID-19 cases are rapidly increasing again, thanks to the highly infectious omicron form development.
“The number of deaths in the United States has already surpassed 800,000, and health-care systems across the country are at capacity. COVID-19 affects people of all ages, but on average, ‘working-age Americans (18-64 years old) now have a 1 in 14 probability of being hospitalized when infected with COVID-19,’ according to the CDC. Friday’s decision added to that.
On Saturday, the Labor Department stated that “as long as an employer is exercising reasonable, good faith efforts to come into compliance with the standard,” OSHA would not issue citations for noncompliance with any mandate requirements before Jan. 10 or citations for noncompliance with the testing requirements before Feb. 9 for noncompliance with the mandate.