Last month, a federal judge temporarily blocked vaccine mandates for health workers in the 10 states that filed a lawsuit against the government: Alaska, Arkansas, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, New Hampshire, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wyoming. Judge Matthew Schelp ruled that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) could not enforce the Biden administration’s COVID vaccine mandate because they had not been granted authority to do so, nor did they have the proper evidence to convince the court of the necessity of the mandate.
Today, a Trump appointed Judge Stan Baker in the US Court for the Southern District of Georgia issued a preliminary injunction against Joe Biden’s authoritarian vaccine mandate today for federal workers.
Epoch Times reports Georgia and other plaintiffs suing Biden over the mandate “will likely succeed in their claim that the president exceeded the authorization given to him by Congress,” U.S. District Judge R. Stan Baker wrote in a 28-page decision agreeing to enter a preliminary injunction.
Baker barred Biden and his administration from enforcing the mandate in any state, an expansion of a Nov. 30 ruling that applied to just three states.
The mandate was going to take effect on Jan. 4, 2022, unless it was blocked by the courts. The deadline, originally delayed in November, was initially set for Dec. 8.
“Yet another one of President Biden’s vaccine mandates has been temporarily shut down because the states—including Idaho—took a stand against his unprecedented government overreach into Americans’ lives and businesses.” Idaho Gov. Brad Little, a Republican, said in a Dec. 7 statement.
Without a preliminary injunction, companies without enough vaccinated employees would be forced to choose between firing them and losing government contracts, they added in a motion for an injunction.
Government lawyers later urged the court not to block the mandate, arguing there was “no reason to rush” on the matter since the mandate deadline had been delayed.
Courts had already enjoined other Biden administration mandates, including one for private-sector employees and one for the majority of the health care workers in the country.
The orders have already led to the Biden administration suspending enforcement of the Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration mandate, which covered some 84 million workers, and the Department of Health and Human Services’ Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services mandate, which covered more than 17 million workers.