Florida’s bid to block federal COVID-19 vaccine authorization moves forward

Florida’s bid to block federal COVID-19 vaccine authorization moves forward


Friday 12 November 2021

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by Florida Day News Service Friday 12 November 2021 in a 10:27 AM

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A federal judge will hear arguments December 7 in Florida’s request for a preliminary injunction to block the Biden administration’s efforts to require federal contractor employees to vaccinate against COVID-19.

This week, US District Judge Stephen Meridi has scheduled the hearing, which will take place in Tampa. Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody’s office filed a 26-page application for a preliminary injunction as part of a lawsuit in which the state alleges President Joe Biden exceeded his authority with the requirements.

Moody’s also argues that Florida will be hurt by the requirements because state agencies have contracts with the federal government. As an example, she cited a $12 million contract that the University of Florida received last year from NASA.

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The vaccination requirements are set to go into effect on January 4.

Biden issued an executive order in September that began a process leading to the requirements. The lawsuit is part of a series of moves by Governor Ron DeSantis and other state Republican leaders to fight vaccination and hide mandates amid the pandemic. And the state is part of a separate case in the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals challenging the Biden administration’s rule requiring workers at large employers to be vaccinated.

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