A Missouri based federal judge has once again put a hold in the Biden administration’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate for federal contractors, this time applying it to 10 U.S. states, as litigation over the contentious mandate continues.
According to The Epoch Times, U.S. Magistrate Judge David Noce announced earlier in the week that he had ruled in favor of putting a pause on the would-be mandatory vaccinations of all employees of companies that contract with the federal government for the 10 states in question.
“We just beat the Biden Administration in court again,” Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt announced on Twitter late Monday.
“This afternoon, we obtained a preliminary injunction against the vaccine mandate on federal contractors, halting enforcement of that mandate in Missouri and the other states in our coalition.”
Noce’s injunction applies to Alaska, Arkansas, Iowa, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wyoming.
Schmitt and as well as Nebraska Attorney General Doug Peterson, both Republicans, led the charge of this case into court, calling the push for mandatory vaccinations “unconstitutional, unlawful, and unwise.”
“It will not harm the federal government to maintain the status quo while the courts decide the issues of the President’s authority and the implications for federalism.
“The Court concludes that, on balance, consideration of the harms and the public interest weigh in favor of a preliminary injunction,” reads the Monday preliminary injunction order from Noce.
Under the original vaccine mandate, now on hold for various parts of the country, President Joe Biden didn’t allow for regular COVID-19 testing as a way out, but religious and medical exemptions from the vaccinations could be granted.