The U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments today in a high-stakes public session to decide whether the U.S. government can begin enforcing sweeping COVID-19 vaccine requirements affecting nearly 100 million workers.
For three hours and 40 minutes, the justices heard oral arguments over federal vaccine and testing rules for businesses with 100 employees or more, and on vaccine mandates for health care workers at facilities receiving Medicaid and Medicare funding.
Enforcement of the policies, which were announced in November, has been put on hold pending resolution in the high court.
What are your thoughts on the mandates, are they constitutional?
What would you do if you were told to put something in your body, that you were opposed to?
If Biden's mandates are approved, what could this all lead to in the future.
Is this move once again taking another power from individual states?
Lastly, if passed will it be a huge point Republicans can use against Democrats in 2022, and 2024.
According to the U.S. Supreme Court, states and cities can require vaccine mandates in certain instances.
California became the first state to mandate all state and health care workers to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination or be tested at least once a week. And Hawaii allows fully vaccinated individuals to avoid certain COVID-19 restrictions.
Several states, including Alabama, Florida, and Georgia, have banned state and local authorities from mandating COVID-19 vaccines or requiring proof of vaccination.
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) says employers may mandate COVID-19 vaccines or ask for proof of vaccination. But the employer’s policies must meet Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) or Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 requirements and provide reasonable accommodations.
Exemptions may include:
Sincerely held religious beliefs
Medical restrictions like an allergy or bad reaction to a vaccine
However, the EEOC also says reasonable accommodations aren’t necessary if the employer deems something a direct threat to other employees and the business itself.
Here is a list of what states and the actions many have already taken
https://leadingage.org/workforce/vaccin … nt-and-how
In any event no one can be forced to take a vaccine. With a federal plan or the state mandates that are already in place, individuals have the ability to test out or receive religious or medical exemptions.
In my opinion, As well as the opinion of the American Medical Association "Vaccination is our best chance to end the pandemic"
If a federal mandate does not go through then again your experience with the pandemic will be completely based on the area you live in.
Beyond a federal mandate which would get more people vaccinated I don't know what else the president or the federal government could do to affect this pandemic in any positive way.
The Supreme Court heard two sets of cases this morning, both of which challenge the Biden Administration’s plans to require millions of Americans to be vaccinated against COVID-19. The cases amount to a test of how the justices view the federal government’s power to create policy in uncertain times. Ultimately these cases will show for far the Government can reach into citizens' lives.
The first case is the government’s vaccine-or-testing requirement for large employers. The second is a federal vaccine mandate that applies to health care workers at facilities that receive federal money.
The Court has a mixed record on cases related to the pandemic. It has allowed states to impose vaccine mandates but also supported some religious objections to pandemic restrictions.
These cases have high stakes. They actually focus on whether Congress has authorized federal agencies to create vaccination rules. The challengers contend that the executive branch has overstepped its authority.
The Court in 2021 examined another one of the Biden administration's attempts to respond to the COVID pandemic—that time through a moratorium on evictions—the justices rejected the program, saying the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention did not have the power to implement it.
In my view, it's not just about COVID or not even just about public health. It’s about that basic idea of how the government is going to be allowed to operate. What’s could be at stake in these decisions… is the ability of the federal administration, now and in the future, to use such overreach again and again.
In regards to the power of the state to mandate --- Private companies, universities, states, and local governments have all issued vaccine mandates during the pandemic. While many of these mandates have been challenged in lower courts, judges for the most part have supported the authority of these institutions to require vaccination. So it does not appear to be a problem
Courts are going to allow states more freedom to regulate public health because under our Constitution they don’t need to have that specific power to act. States have whatever power is not expressly taken from them. But the federal government only has a power expressly
given to it.
While many public health and legal scholars say the Biden Administration is on solid ground, its requirements have been challenged by business interests, religious groups, and Republican-led states that make the argument that the federal government has overreached by issuing policies that were not explicitly authorized by Congress.
At this point, the States do have some mandating powers, and perhaps the Federal Government should not overstep their boundaries.
I have no argument with is shown to be factual, vaccines are working to help keep more people from becoming seriously ill. I have been a
strong opponent of getting vaccinated. However, I separate my feelings in regard to forcing anyone to put anything in their body that they feel uncomfortable with. And I am very much against Government overreach.
I feel more can be done in regards to good information on not only the vaccines but viruses. If more people were aware of the science of viruses, what they are, and what they can do if left unchecked, more might feel pros out weight cons. I think showing respect and consideration always goes further than just saying get vaccinated or we will make you get vaccinated.
I think a good education campaign about the virus itself was needed from the very beginning of the virus. Viruses are somewhat predictable, not always but more than often. COVID is now following its own path to destruction, finally. The information we the general public has been given is overly confusing, and this adds to people not getting vaccinated.
Many have lost trust due to confusion.
What else can be done? It would appear that we may be coming to the last of the virus being as virulent, and it will sooner than later mutate into a lesser virus.
I had 17 family members for Christmas eve, 16 of us came down with Omicron two days after my husband did not get any symptoms 3 were unvaccinated. We all had very mild symptoms that lasted two days.
Here in Michigan, we are having about 12 to 13 thousand a day infected, no deaths have occurred from Omicron, hospitals are showing fewer hospitalizations. As of three days ago, the CDC reported, Omicron is now 95% of new COVID-19 infections in the U.S.
I like to get my information from the CDC, and John Hopkins, they seem to state facts and leave all the hype out.
What I hope to see Biden do is get people to realize it is time to get back to living with and around Omicron, and any other mutations, because science dictates at this point they will be lesser and lesser of a problem.
I think Omicron will infect millions in the next weeks, and fear will subside, and people will hopefully see there is no boogie man any longer in a closet.
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