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US Supreme Court Gives Defeat and Victory to Missouri’s AG in Vaccine Case

FILE - In this June 29, 2020, file photo, the Supreme Court is seen on Capitol Hill in Washington. President Donald Trump is preparing to release a list of potential Supreme Court nominees. It's a list that will give voters something to compare to rival Joe Biden’s promise to nominate a Black woman to the high court if given the chance. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)

(Missourinet) The U.S. Supreme Court has blocked the Biden administration mandating large private companies’ vaccine or test requirements.

But the High Court is allowing the vaccine mandate to stand for certain health care workers.

The rulings come three days after the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA’s) emergency measure took effect.  That mandate required workers at businesses with 100 or more employees get vaccinated or provide a negative Covid test every week to come to the workplace. Unvaccinated workers are not required to wear masks at work.  Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt, who says Missouri was the first state to file suit to halt the OSHA vaccine mandate, is calling the decision a massive win for millions of workers and businesses in our state and across the country.

Republican Congressman Jason Smith tells Missourinet the decision is good for the state.  Missouri and the nation have seen record surges in new COVID case, with more than 60-thousand news cases over the last seven days in our state alone.  In a blow to the attorney general is a separate ruling allowing the administration to proceed with a vaccine mandate for most health care workers in the U.S., which affects any organization that receives Medicare or Medicaid funds.

The AG’s office delivered oral arguments in the health care case.

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