Second group of countries defy mandate to vaccinate health workers
New Orleans A second group of states has filed a federal lawsuit challenging the Biden administration’s authorization of a COVID-19 vaccine for health care workers.
The latest lawsuit, dated Monday, was filed in Louisiana on behalf of 12 states and comes less than a week after another lawsuit was filed against al-Qaeda in Missouri by a coalition of 10 states.
“The federal government will not impose medical tyranny on the people of Louisiana without the best fights,” Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry said in a news release announcing the lawsuit.
Both lawsuits say the vaccine mandate threatens to fire health care workers who refuse to receive a vaccination at a time when such workers are most needed. They also claim that the rule issued by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services violates federal law and unconstitutionally infringes upon the powers reserved to states.
The lawsuit in Louisiana quotes a Friday order from the US Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans prohibiting a broader vaccine mandate for the Biden administration that requires companies with more than 100 workers to require employees to be vaccinated by January 4 or to wear masks and be tested weekly. COVID-19.
Borrowing the language from the Fifth Circuit, the Louisiana lawsuit calls the health care worker’s vaccine requirement a sledgehammer “one size fits all.” In addition to Louisiana, the suit covers Montana, Arizona, Alabama, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Utah and West Virginia.
The Missouri suit includes Alaska, Arkansas, Iowa, Kansas, Nebraska, New Hampshire, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wyoming.
The Biden administration did not provide responses to either lawsuit.
The Louisiana-based lawsuit is assigned to US District Judge Terry Doughty, appointed by President Donald Trump. Any appeal of Doughty’s decision will go to the Fifth Circuit.
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