On Monday, a federal judge halted President Biden’s vaccine mandate for healthcare workers and hospitals that receive federal funding.
Background: A coalition of healthcare workers across 10 states filed lawsuits over President Biden’s vaccine mandate. The workers argued that President Biden’s Nov. 5 mandate would cause worker shortages in the industry if employees decided to quit rather than get the vaccine.
What Happened: U.S. District Judge Matthew Schelp, who was appointed by President Trump, sided with the healthcare workers and issued a halt to Biden’s mandate in 10 states.
“The scale falls clearly in favor of healthcare facilities operating with some unvaccinated employees, staff, trainees, students, volunteers and contractors, rather than the swift, irremediable impact of requiring healthcare facilities to choose between two undesirable choices — providing substandard care or providing no healthcare at all,” Schelp wrote in a 32-page order. (per The Hill)