Georgia judge halts COVID-19 vaccine executive order

A Georgia federal judge put a temporary hold on President Joe Biden’s COVID-19 vaccination mandate for employers with contractors who work for the federal government.

According to a report in The Hill, U.S. District Judge R. Stan Baker put the stay on the executive order that would have impacted roughly one-quarter of the workforce.

The judge ruled that the mandate should be held off until the litany of litigation is settled as states across the nation file suit against the Biden administration over the order.

“The Court acknowledges the tragic toll that the COVID-19 pandemic has wrought throughout the nation and the globe,” Baker wrote in a 28-page ruling.

“However, even in times of crisis this Court must preserve the rule of law and ensure that all branches of government act within the bounds of their constitutionally granted authorities.”

If enacted, the mandate would have required companies that have contracts with the federal government to ensure that their workers are fully vaccinated in January of 2022.

This ruling comes after a similar one from Kentucky by a federal judge last month that blocked the federal contractor mandate in Kentucky, Ohio, and Tennessee.

However, Tuesday’s ruling from Georgia puts a nationwide moratorium on the mandate that the seven states who banded together for the suit called “unconstitutional.”

“Federal courts have presented a major obstacle to the Biden administration’s pandemic response, particularly when presided over by Republican-appointed judges,” The Hill reported, going on to say that the Biden administration vaccine rules for private businesses, health care workers, and federal contractors have all been affected by court challenges from Republican officials.