NEW ORLEANS (AP) — President Joe Biden’s order that federal employees get vaccinated against COVID-19 was blocked Thursday by a federal appeals court.
The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans rejected arguments that Biden, as the nation’s chief executive, has the same authority as the CEO of a private corporation to require that employees be vaccinated.
The ruling from the full appeals court, 16 full-time judges at the time the case was argued, reversed an earlier ruling by a three-judge 5th Circuit panel that had upheld the vaccination requirement. Judge Andrew Oldham, nominated to the court by then-President Donald Trump, wrote the opinion for a 10-member majority.
The report explains that in September 2021, Biden had issued an executive order requiring all employees of the executive branch to get the Covid-19 vaccine, and the mandate went into effect in November 2021.
A Trump-appointed judge, U.S. District Judge Jeffrey Brown, had blocked the requirement in January 2022,
U.S. District Judge Jeffrey Brown, who was appointed to the District Court for the Southern District of Texas by then-President Donald Trump, issued a nationwide injunction against the requirement in January 2022.
A three-judge 5th Circuit panel had upheld the mandate, but now the full appeals court of 16 judges has blocked the mandate in a major blow to the Biden administration.
BREAKING: President @JoeBiden‘s order that federal employees get vaccinated against COVID-19 has just been blocked by a federal appeals court.
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— Association of American Physicians & Surgeons (@AAPSonline) March 24, 2023
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