President Joe Biden’s vaccine mandate for healthcare workers nationwide was put on hold by a Louisiana federal judge on Tuesday, according to The Daily Caller.
The publication reported that the vaccine mandate was meant to go into effect for all 50 states before the judge ruled that the mandate should be stayed in order to allow further time for litigation:
“In addressing the geographic scope of the preliminary injunction, due to the nationwide scope of the CMS Mandate, a nationwide injunction is necessary due to the need for uniformity,” said the court document issued by the U.S District Court for The Western District of Louisiana.
Judge Terry A. Doughty ruled to expand the injunction by Missouri District Judge Matthew Schelp which went into place on Monday, but only included the 10 states accounted for in a previous injunction:
“The mandate from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) had required healthcare workers in 21 different categories to be inoculated with one dose by Dec. 6, 2021, and to receive the second dose by Jan. 4, 2022,” the Daily Caller reported.
“Failure to obtain vaccination by these dates would result in punitive action that included ‘termination of the Medicare/Medicaid Provider Agreement.’ The mandate went into effect on Nov. 5, 2021.”
According to the publication millions of healthcare workers would need to be not just vaccinated, but fully vaccinated, in an ever-moving target of shots and boosters, within the next two months:
“The CMS Mandate requires over 10.3 million healthcare workers to be fully vaccinated with one of the COVID-19 vaccines in two months,” the document stated.
The court cited “serious constitutional concerns, ” and found “irreparable harm” that could be done to petitioners who have to decide between their jobs and the vaccine that many object to on medical, moral and freedom grounds.