U.S. Supreme Court Reviews COVID-19 Vaccine Mandates

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The United States Supreme Court is scheduled to hear oral arguments against two of President Joe Biden’s administration’s COVID-19 vaccine policies issued by government agencies to combat the coronavirus.

The policies “are critical to our nation’s response to COVID-19,” White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said in a statement.

The mandates under review were issued by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS).

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OSHA policy requires employers with 100 or more employees to ensure their workers are fully vaccinated or tested weekly. The CMS mandate for workers in health care facilities that accept federal funds from Medicare and Medicaid requires that workers be fully vaccinated, with exemptions, even for sincere religious beliefs.

Republican-led states and an alliance of business and religious groups are challenging the broad scope of policies and the effects that mandates are having on businesses and workers.

However, the policies have been endorsed by the American Medical Association and the American Public Health Association and several former federal health officials.

The challenge comes before the Supreme Court after several lower courts issued divergent views on the policies.

COVID-19 has infected millions of people in the United States and killed more than 800,000.

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