White House says companies should continue vaccination plans amid legal battle

White House says companies should continue vaccination plans amid legal battle


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The White House is urging companies to press ahead with efforts to vaccinate workers, even though the Occupational Safety and Health Administration has suspended a controversial rule following a federal appeals court order.

Let me be very clear, our message to businesses now is to move forward with actions that will make their workplaces safer and protect their workforce from COVID-19, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said Thursday. “This was our message after the Fifth Circuit (Fifth U.S. Court of Appeals) first residence. This remains our message. Nothing has changed.”

Several states, including Florida, and companies have filed legal challenges to the OSHA rule, which will apply to employers with 100 or more workers. These workers must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or tested negative at least once a week. But the Fifth US Court of Appeals, which hears cases from Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas, issued an order last Friday reaffirming a moratorium it had imposed on the rule, which was due to go into effect on Jan. 4.

OSHA announced Wednesday that it will suspend “activities related to the implementation and enforcement of (the rule) pending future developments in litigation.” The Florida Challenge is consolidated with others in the United States’ Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals, based in Cincinnati. Psaki said the US Department of Justice “vigorously” defends the vaccination rule, known as the Temporary Emergency Standard, “and we trust the authority of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.”

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Psaki said the latest survey showed that 60 percent of companies are moving forward with COVID-19 measures aimed at keeping workplaces safe.

“They’re basically implementing components or versions of these vaccine requirements, because they know it’s in the best interest of their workforce to protect their workforce to make sure they can get more people back into the workforce,” she said. We definitely see this as a positive sign. So, we’re still heading toward the same timeline.”

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