The United States Supreme Court on January 13 retaliated by restricting President Joe Biden from withholding the Covid-19 vaccination-or-testing mandate for employees of large businesses. The decision has been found as a blow for the US President and the president says that he is disappointed with the decision now.
If allowed, the move would have applied to all companies with more than 100 employees. On January 14, addressing the media, Joe Biden said, “This is a pandemic of the unvaccinated. Right now, both vaccinated and unvaccinated people are testing positive, but what happens after that could not be more different. If vaccinated people test positive, they overwhelmingly have either no symptoms at all or they have mild symptoms. And if they are unvaccinated… if they test positive, you are 17 times more likely to get hospitalized. And yes, the unvaccinated are dying from Covid-19.”
Meanwhile, the supreme court’s decision to block the Biden administration’s vaccine-or-testing mandate for large employers has been praised by some of the Republican leaders and lawmakers.
The public health experts, however, argued that the ruling could lead to more infections, serious illness, and deaths.
After months of public appeals to Americans to get vaccinated against Covid-19, which has killed more than 845,000 people in the United States, Biden announced last September that he was making vaccinations compulsory at large private companies. Employees who have not been vaccinated must present a negative test once a week and wear a face mask at work.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), a federal agency, gave businesses until 9 February to be in compliance with the rules or face the possibility of fines. But six conservative justices of the Supreme Court ruled that the order would represent a “significant intrusion” into the lives and health of many employees.