5th Circuit Appeals Court Reinstates Mandatory Vaccines for Health Care Workers in 25 States

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The Fifth US Circuit Court of Appeals overruled a lower court’s nationwide injunction against the Biden administration’s mandate that required healthcare workers at federally funded facilities to receive Covid-19 vaccines. The mandate would cut federal funding to Medicare- and Medicaid-certified hospitals, hospices and other care facilities if they employ unvaccinated workers. Biden’s vaccine mandate remains in effect in 25 states. The 14 states suing in the case before the Fifth Circuit, and 10 states that successfully sought an injunction for the mandate in late November, are temporarily exempted. Texas was granted an exemption a separate lawsuit. The Supreme Court declined to issue an injunction requested by New York healthcare workers who challenged a state mandate requiring them to get vaccinated against Covid-19.

A federal appeals court Wednesday overruled a lower court’s nationwide injunction against a Biden administration mandate that required healthcare workers at federally funded facilities to receive Covid-19 vaccines.

In the underlying lawsuit, a federal district court issued a nationwide preliminary injunction against the mandate, which was being challenged by 14 states’ attorneys general.

The mandate would cut federal funding to Medicare- and Medicaid-certified hospitals, hospices and other care facilities if they employ unvaccinated workers.

But the Fifth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals — which hears appeals from the federal courts in Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas — was unconvinced that the lower court justified its injunction’s wide scope.

“The question posed is whether one district court should make a binding judgment for the entire country,” wrote the panel of three judges, who iss

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