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16 States File New Challenge To Biden Administration’s Health Care Worker COVID-19 Vaccine Mandate


Louisiana and 15 other states on Friday lodged a new legal challenge against the federal government’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate for health care workers, arguing the dominance of the Omicron virus variant undercuts the justification for the mandate. Approximately 10.4 million workers fall under the vaccination requirements, which apply to every facility that receives Medicare or Medicaid funding. The Supreme Court lifted injunctions against the mandate on Jan. 13, finding in a 5–4 decision that the Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) had the authority to issue the rule requiring vaccination. The mandate took effect in 25 states in January and will take effect in the other 25 states, which had challenged the rule, this month. The rule, signed by Health Secretary Xavier Becerra, repeatedly references the danger the Delta virus variant poses to the unvaccinated, and says that vaccines “continue to be …  » Read full article

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