Federal appeals court sides with Biden, paves way for COVID vax mandate for businesses

The Biden administration has taken a string of losses regarding its battle to force COVID-19 vaccine mandates on as much of the U.S. population as possible. But on Friday, their bad luck in one particular legal battle changed course.

According to PJ Media, a three-judge panel of a federal appeals court ruled that Biden’s COVID-19 mandate for businesses that employ over 100 workers can remain in effect, with a deadline for the new mandate program set to go into effect on Jan. 4, 2022.

The ruling was a complete reversal of a Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals ruling from November in which the judge stated at the time that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) could “take no steps to implement or enforce the Mandate until further court order,” citing the likelihood of “severe financial risk” to the businesses that fall into the category, adding that such a mandate could “decimate” the workforce.

However, Judge Jane Branstetter Stranch, an Obama-appointed appeals judge, had a vastly different opinion on the plan to implement a vaccine mandate on private businesses, citing, among many reasons, that “the ‘old normal’ is not going to return.”

Stranch, in a 57-page ruling, argued that such a mandate would not do “irreparable harm” as one of the plaintiffs in the case stated.

“By contrast, the costs of delaying implementation of the ETS are comparatively high,” Judge Stranch wrote in the 2–1 majority opinion.

She added: “Fundamentally, the ETS is an important step in curtailing the transmission of a deadly virus that has killed over 800,000 people in the United States, brought our healthcare system to its knees, forced businesses to shut down for months on end, and cost hundreds of thousands of workers their jobs.”

As a result of the ruling, millions of private businesses that thought there was time to breathe and figure something out, will now only have a matter of a few weeks to implement testing policies and vaccine verification procedures, which will undoubtedly be expensive, and in many cases, an impossible program to implement so quickly.

Now, businesses will have to worry about government fines while they just now begin to dig out from the financial burdens imposed during the long-term COVID-19 lockdowns initiated by the Biden administration. When will it end?