Supreme Court Won't Hear States' Vaccine Mandate Case

Missouri led opposition to Biden rule for health care workers
By Bob Cronin,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 3, 2022 6:45 PM CDT
Supreme Court Declines Challenge to Vaccine Mandate
Protesters demonstrate against COVID-19 vaccine mandates in front of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington in January.   (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)

The Supreme Court on Monday declined to take up an appeal brought by 10 states challenging a federal vaccine mandate for health care workers. The states' case, led by Republican-run Missouri, sought to toss out a rule imposed by President Biden in November 2021, Reuters reports, that applies to workers in health care facilities receiving federal funding. The states argued the mandate violated the Administrative Procedure Act, which establishes a process for federal agencies to impose regulations, per USA Today.

In January, the administration lost at the court on its rule for vaccinations or testing at large employers. The states, which also argue that the mandate usurps powers the US Constitution grants to states, went back to Washington after a lower court would not immediately hear the case. The health care mandate affects about 10 million workers at 76,000 employers. (More vaccine mandate stories.)

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