Federal Appellate Court Leaves Healthcare Workers With No Choice

Federal Appellate Court Leaves Healthcare Workers With No Choice

(ConservativeInsider.org) – The battle over COVID-19 vaccine mandates is not ending anytime soon. After President Joe Biden used an OSHA rule to require health systems that receive federal funding to ensure all their employees receive the coronavirus vaccine, many states and businesses pushed back through lawsuits of their own. At one point, a federal appellate court placed a stay on the mandate, but now, a different appellate court revived the rule.

On Wednesday, December 15, three judges on the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans ruled that a lower court could not block Biden’s OSHA mandate across the entire nation. With this ruling, the 14 states that sued in the 5th district’s federal court are still exempt from the mandate:

  • Arizona
  • Kentucky
  • Georgia
  • Indiana
  • Idaho
  • Louisiana
  • Mississippi
  • Oklahoma
  • Montana
  • Ohio
  • South Carolina
  • Utah
  • Alabama
  • West Virginia

An additional 10 states are not bound to the OSHA mandate after an earlier ruling in a different federal court granted an injunction. These states are:

  • Alaska
  • Arkansas
  • Iowa
  • Kansas
  • Missouri
  • Nebraska
  • New Hampshire
  • North Dakota
  • South Dakota
  • Wyoming

Together, healthcare systems in these 24 states are safe from the far-reaching coronavirus jab mandate for now. However, the remaining 26 states are subject to the mandate and must have their healthcare employees who are federally funded vaccinated by January 4. Fierce Health shared more about the ruling on Twitter:

This flip-flopping is likely to continue as the courts battle over the mandate. For now, healthcare workers in some states can enjoy their brief job security after having their employment threatened by the Biden administration.

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