Covid-19 Vaccine or Test Mandate

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The Washington Post reporters Andrew Jeong, Annabelle Timsit, Eli Rosenberg and Ann E. Marimow write “The legal battle over the Biden administration’s coronavirus vaccination or testing requirements for private businesses is falling along the country’s sharp political fault lines, with Republican-led states, conservative legal groups and sympathetic employers lining up most forcefully to try to block the rules”.

The administration’s vaccine-or-test mandate rule reportedly requires “companies with more than 100 employees to either mandate vaccinations or require weekly coronavirus testing and masks for those who work on-site or in person with others”.

The rule is reportedly blocked temporarily by a federal judge but the administration is fighting back in the court reportedly arguing ” With the reopening of workplaces and the emergence of the highly transmissible Delta variant, the threat to workers is ongoing and overwhelming.”

Defending a policy is not a new thing. The administration clearly has the authority to protect workers, and actions announced by the President are designed to save lives and stop the spread of COVID-19.

– White House Deputy Press Secretary (source: NPR News)

More than half the states have reportedly sued over vaccine or test mandate, according to NPR News. The rule, which took effect Friday morning before it was temporarily blocked Saturday.

“More than two dozen states, businesses, business groups and religious organizations have sued, calling the rule issued by the Occupational Health and Safety Administrationan overreach of government authority”.

David Michaels, who led OSHA under President Obama and is now a professor at George Washington University, told NPR News “My fear is that they will ignore both precedent, law and constitution and just go ahead and stop this rule”.

“Regardless of what happens in court, a number of companies will move forward as the White House has asked, citing the relief some felt when the government stepped in to require vaccines and testing, a move they were reluctant to take themselves. Many companies will do everything they can to make sure their workers are either vaccinated or tested and safe, so they can reopen safely,” added Micheels.

Coronavirus-19 vaccination watch

According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) COVID vaccination tracker page (as of Nov 10, 9 a.m.) 541,361,525 doses have been distributed and 434,486,889 doses administered. According MDH COVID-19 Response vaccine data (as of Nov 8 ) a total of 7,195,503 doses of Covid-19 (Pfizer & Moderna) vaccines have been administered in Minnesota. According to the MDH latest tally (as of Nov 10) the confirmed COVID-19 cases in Minnesota are 831,669 (out of 14,053,909 tested) with 8,925deaths.