Court Temporarily Suspends Mandate for Health Care Workers to Be Vaccinated

COVID-19 Vaccine administered at UAB. (Source: UAB Media Relations)

The U.S. District Court for the Western District of Louisiana issued a preliminary injunction Tuesday temporarily blocking President Biden’s mandate that all health care workers be vaccinated against COVID, Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall announced.

Marshall and attorneys general in 13 other states filed a suit seeking to block the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services from implementing the mandate.

“President Biden has abandoned persuasion for brute force in launching an unprecedented series of federal mandates aimed at compelling most of the adult population of the United States to get a COVID-19 vaccine, but his unlawful, unconstitutional, and un-American decrees are being met head-on in court by the force of law,” Marshall said in a statement Tuesday evening.

In its ruling, the court sited the separation of powers. It said the powers to make rules, to enforce them and to judge their violations should never fall into the same hands.

“If the executive branch is allowed to usurp the power of the legislative branch to make laws, two of the three powers conferred by the Constitution would be in the same hands,” the ruling reads.

The judge issued a nationwide injunction against the mandate.