In a pair of filings late Thursday, U.S. Solicitor General
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services mandate is one prong of a broader Biden push to get workers vaccinated. The administration is separately defending vaccine rules that apply to federal
The health-care rule, which originally required workers to get their first dose by Dec. 6, applies at facilities that participate in the Medicare and Medicaid health-care programs. It requires facilities to provide medical and religious exemptions.
“Delaying the rule would cause serious, tangible harm to public health,” Prelogar argued. “If the rule remains stayed during this winter’s anticipated COVID-19 surge, hundreds and potentially thousands of patients may die at hospitals, nursing homes, and other facilities participating in Medicare and Medicaid as the result of COVID-19 infections transmitted to them by staff.”
The Supreme Court so far has backed vaccine mandates. The court on Monday
The latest cases turn not on religious rights but on the power of federal agencies. The rule is being challenged by separate groups of states led by Missouri and Louisiana.
In siding with the Missouri group, U.S. District Judge
The cases are Biden v. Missouri,
(Updates with excerpt from court filing in fourth paragraph.)
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