The dream of President Joe Biden to get more people vaccinated amid a Covid-19 will have to take a backseat at the moment.
This scenario emerged after the U.S. Supreme Court blocked the centerpiece of Biden’s push to get more people vaccinated amid a Covid-19 surge.
The Supreme Court has ruled to reject an Occupational Safety and Health Administration rule that would have required 80 million workers to get shots or periodic tests.
With the ruling, Biden’s options for increasing the country’s vaccination rate as the omicron variant propels a spike in cases is now limited.
Based on the latest U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention data only 63% of the country is fully vaccinated and of that group, just 37% have received a booster shot. The same data also state that more than 800,000 people in the U.S. have died from the virus.
“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 said in an unsigned opinion.
It was learned that the court’s three liberal Justices Stephen Breyer, Elena Kagan, and Sonia Sotomayor have dissented to the ruling.
Sources said the decision is a victory for 26 business groups and 27 Republican-led states that sued to challenge the OSHA policy, saying it exceeded the workplace-safety agency’s authority.
However, in a separate ruling, the high court allowed a separate rule to take effect requiring shots for workers in nursing homes, hospitals, and other facilities that receive Medicare and Medicaid payments from the federal government.