It was a great day for Americans when the U.S. Supreme Court struck down President Joe Biden’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate. What was even better was watching the administration slink away with its tail between its legs.
The Biden administration will withdraw its vaccine mandate for companies with over 100 employees now that the regulation has been blocked, The Hill reported. Previously, employees at such companies would have to get the jab or submit to regular testing.
The high court ruled against the mandate after 27 GOP-led states and several businesses sued the government. The administration officially accepted the defeat, filing the motion to official kill the measure Tuesday.
“The federal government respectfully moves to dismiss the petitions challenging the Vaccination and Testing emergency temporary standard (Vaccination and Testing ETS) issued by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to address the grave danger of COVID-19 in the workplace,” the Biden administration said in a motion. The change would take effect Wednesday and become the final nail in the regulation’s coffin.
Previously, the administration pushed for the measure under the guise of being another way to protect workers. “OSHA estimates that this rule will save thousands of lives and prevent over 250,000 hospitalizations during the six months after implementation,” an administration official said late last fall when it was proposed.
However, just because this particular iteration of the rule was abolished doesn’t mean that Biden is giving up on the crown jewel of his COVID-19 mitigation plan. “OSHA is evaluating the record and the evolving course of the pandemic,” a Department of Labor spokesperson said.
“OSHA has made no determinations at this time about when or if it will finalize a Vaccination and Testing rule. The agency intends to work expeditiously to issue a final standard that will protect healthcare workers from COVID-19 hazards,” the spokesperson added.
The administration retreated from this fight after the court’s ruling, and that’s a good thing. However, this defeat is likely to be a temporary setback for an administration that will stop at nothing to get its way.