A federal judge halted President Biden’s vaccine mandate for healthcare workers at hospitals that receive federal funding Monday.
The Missouri-based federal court’s ruling applies to 10 states that sued the Biden administration’s Nov. 5 rule: Alaska, Arkansas, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, New Hampshire, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wyoming, according to court documents.
U.S. District Judge Matthew Schelp issued the injunction the mandate for workers at facilities participating in Medicare and Medicaid.
“The scale falls clearly in favor of healthcare facilities operating with some unvaccinated employees, staff, trainees, students, volunteers and contractors, rather than the swift, irremediable impact of requiring healthcare facilities to choose between two undesirable choices — providing substandard care or providing no healthcare at all,” Schelp wrote in his order.
Biden’s order applies to businesses of 100 or more employees, requiring them to get vaccinated or undergo frequent COVID testing.