The Supreme Court on Thursday blocked the Biden administration from enforcing its sweeping vaccine-or-test requirements for large private companies.At the same time, it allowed a vaccine mandate to stand for medical facilities that take Medicare or Medicaid payments. Although Congress has indisputably given OSHA the power to regulate occupational dangers, it has not given that agency the power to regulate public health more broadly,” the court wrote. The Biden administration argued before the high court Friday that the rules were necessary to address the “grave danger” posed by the Covid pandemic. The real fact is the health risk the unvaccinated pose to the vaccinated appears to be small, and exaggerating it undermines the incentive for people to get vaccinated. The court’s conservative majority concluded the administration overstepped its authority by seeking to impose the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s vaccine-or-test rule on U.S. businesses with at least 100 employees.
More than 80 million people would have been affected. An evidence to constate: the challenges posed by a global pandemic do not allow a federal agency to exercise power that Congress has not conferred upon it. More than 208 million Americans, 62.7% of the population, are fully vaccinated, and more than a third of those have received booster shots, according to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.