A federal judge issued a preliminary injunction on Tuesday to suspend the start of President Biden’s national vaccination mandate for healthcare workers, which was scheduled to begin next week.
The injunction, drafted by Justice Terry A. Doughty, effectively expanded a separate order issued Monday by a federal court in Missouri. The first had only applied to 10 states that joined a lawsuit against the president’s decision to require all health workers in hospitals and nursing homes to receive at least their first injection before the December 6 and be fully vaccinated by January 4.
“There is no question that mandating a vaccine for 10.3 million healthcare workers is something that should be done by Congress, not by a government agency,” wrote Justice Doughty of the United States District Court. western district of Louisiana. He added: “It is not clear that even an act of Congress mandating a vaccine would be constitutional. “
The plaintiffs, he added, also have “an interest in protecting its citizens from being required to undergo vaccinations” and in avoiding the loss of jobs and tax revenues that could result from the mandate.