By: Courtney Willits
The United States Supreme Court issued a Per Curium opinion that blocks the federal government’s COVID-19 vaccine-or-test requirements for large workplaces. However, the Court allowed a vaccine mandate for workers at federally funded health care facilities to take nationwide effect. The Court held that although Congress has indisputably given OSHA the power to regulate occupation dangers, “it has not given that agency the power to regulate public health more broadly.” The Court granted the applications for stay and ruled OSHA’s COVID-19 Vaccination and Testing; Emergency Temporary Standard, 86 Fed. Ref. 61402 is currently stayed.
Justice Breyer, Sotomayor and Kagan dissented.