July 4, 2022

White House tells businesses to comply with vaccine mandate despite court injunction

The White House continues to advise businesses to comply with President Joe Biden’s employer vaccine mandate for businesses with 100 or more employees despite a temporary injunction from a judge regarding the decision.

“People should not wait,” White House Deputy Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre told reporters on Monday. “They should continue to move forward and make sure they’re getting their workplace vaccinated.”

The president moved forward with plans for the vaccine mandate on Thursday. Lawsuits quickly struck back in response.

The president’s plan hit its first setback Saturday when the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit Court issued a temporary injunction blocking the mandate while the case is considered.

In total, the attorneys general from 26 states have joined in multiple lawsuits nationwide against the mandates. The wide-scale effort has increased the chances the case will reach the Supreme Court before the decision is final.

For now, companies are divided in their approach to the mandates. Some are moving forward, while others continue to hope for a chance to the ruling.

If the mandate does move forward, the nation will likely face significant problems with staffing shortages and protests nationwide. It’s the last thing the nation needs following the first year of Biden’s term filled with a growing list of crises.

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