The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, based in New Orleans, ruled this Saturday against the order of US President Joe Biden to make vaccination against COVID-19 mandatory in companies with more than 100 employees.
The ruling comes in response to a request made late Friday by several corporations and a group of conservative states led by Texas. In the three-page resolution, the court affirms that there are “serious” constitutional problems with the Biden rule and, therefore, determines that it is necessary to temporarily block it while a more exhaustive examination is carried out.
Of the three judges who made the decision, two were appointed by Republican Donald Trump (2017-2021). On Twitter, Texas Attorney General Republican Ken Paxton wrote in capital letters: “WE WON.”
“This fight is not over and we will never stop resisting the unconstitutional overreach of this Administration,” Paxton stressed.
The setback against Biden comes just two days after his government announced that private companies with more than 100 employees will have to guarantee as of January 4 that their workers are vaccinated against COVID-19. In case of not wanting to be vaccinated, the workers of these large companies will have to undergo weekly tests and also wear a mask all the time.
This is, so far, the most significant measure announced by Biden to combat the pandemic, as it can affect up to 84 million private sector workers, according to White House calculations.
Biden already announced in September his intention to make vaccination mandatory, but it was this week that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration of the Department of Labor gave clear guidelines on how to implement it.
About 70% of the adult population in the United States is already vaccinated with the full schedule, a figure that has risen in recent months since the government began putting pressure on companies to force their workers to receive the serum. .