Dec. 10, 2021 — Enforcement of President Joe Biden’s sweeping COVID-19 vaccine mandates has been fairly the problem.

On Nov. 4, the Biden administration ordered federal contractors, sure well being care staff, and staff of companies with 100 staff or extra to indicate proof of full COVID-19 vaccination, or get weekly COVID-19 testing, by Jan 4, 2022.

The mandates obtained sturdy pushback straight away, which has intensified in latest weeks.

Massive parts of COVID-19 vaccine necessities have been quickly blocked, as lawsuits challenging the mandates proceed to be filed nationwide.

And simply Wednesday, Senate Republicans and two average Democrats voted to overturn the vaccine and testing necessities for giant companies.

However many view the Senate’s actions as largely symbolic, for the reason that president mentioned he’ll veto any “anti-vaccine” invoice that involves his desk, according to White Home press secretary Jen Psaki.

Learn on for a take a look at the place the vaccine mandates stand now.

Massive Companies

At present, COVID-19 vaccination and testing necessities for corporations with 100 staff or extra, which impacts round 84 million US staff, are paused.

The one exception is New York Metropolis. Mayor Invoice de Blasio announced Monday that staff of personal corporations might want to have gotten not less than one shot by Dec. 27. The brand new mandate applies to round 184,000 companies.

In early November, the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court docket of Appeals ruled to quickly ban the vaccine mandate for giant corporations, as numerous petitions surrounding the mandate have been being reviewed.

The matter has now moved to the U.S. Sixth Circuit Court docket of Appeals, the place the court docket will mix lawsuits filed in numerous states into one official case for evaluation, which simplifies the widespread authorized battles over employer vaccine mandates.

Whether or not the court docket decides to completely ban vaccine mandates for giant corporations or not, its ruling shall be enforced nationwide. And the case will seemingly attain the Supreme Court docket first, which might have the ultimate say.

Federal Contractors

Much like giant companies, vaccine mandates have been quickly blocked for “all lined contracts in any state or territory of america of America,” in accordance with a latest order by a federal court docket in Georgia.

On Dec. 7, U.S. District Choose R. Stan Baker sided with seven states — Georgia, Alabama, Idaho, Kansas, South Carolina, Utah, and West Virginia — that filed a lawsuit difficult federal contractor vaccine mandates. Related Builders and Contractors, a development business commerce group, additionally joined the petition.

The decide determined to broaden the ban to cowl federal contractors nationwide, saying that limiting vaccine mandates to a handful of states would “solely trigger extra confusion.”

Vaccine necessities for federal contractors have been already quickly banned in Kentucky, Tennessee, and Ohio, following a Nov. 30 ruling from a federal decide in Kentucky.

Well being Care Staff

Proper now, most well being care staff are quickly exempt from COVID-19 vaccine necessities, as petitions towards the mandates are being reviewed.

On Nov. 30, U.S. District Choose Terry A. Doughty of Louisiana issued a brief block on vaccine mandates for workers of well being care suppliers that obtain Medicare and Medicaid funds, which displays most well being care settings and greater than 17 million staff.

Ten states had already paused vaccine mandates for well being care staff after a Nov. 29 ruling by a federal decide in Missouri.

Federal Staff

The Biden administration ordered all federal staff to be totally vaccinated towards COVID-19 by Nov. 22.

The White Home confirmed that over 90% of the three.5 million federal staff had gotten not less than one shot by the deadline, Reuters reported.


In August, Protection Secretary Lloyd J. Austin ordered all navy members and Protection Division staff to be totally vaccinated towards COVID-19 by mid-September, or instantly after the FDA’s full approval of the Pfizer vaccine, whichever got here first.

COVID-19 vaccine mandates for navy members and Protection Division staff have remained unblocked.

However round 27,000 Navy, Area Pressure, Marine Corps, and Air Pressure service members are nonetheless unvaccinated and are vulnerable to dropping their positions, NBC Information reported. Round 19,000 Military members haven’t obtained their first shot.

Energetic-duty Air Pressure and Area Pressure members had a vaccine deadline of Nov 2.

Air Pressure Nationwide Guard and Air Pressure Reserve members needed to be vaccinated by Dec. 2.

The Navy and Marines Corps had a vaccine deadline of Nov. 28 for active-duty members and Dec. 28 for Reserve members.

Energetic-duty Military members have until Dec. 15 to get their pictures.

On Dec. 2, Military officers announced that 93% of the active-duty service members have been totally vaccinated, and 96% had not less than began. Sixty p.c of the Military Reserve members had been vaccinated, and 64% had already gotten one shot.

Members of the Military Reserve and the U.S. Nationwide Guard must be vaccinated by June 30, 2022.