Biden administration urges court to lift order blocking employer COVID vaccine mandate

The John Minor Wisdom U.S. Court of Appeals Building for the Fifth Circuit in New Orleans. (William A. Morgan /

By William Patrick, The Center Square

The Biden administration is asking a federal appeals court in New Orleans to lift a temporary order halting a federal COVID-19 vaccination mandate on private businesses, while telling employers to comply with the mandate anyway.

“We think people should not wait,” White House Deputy Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said. “We say, do not wait to take actions that will keep your workplace safe. It is important and critical to do and waiting to get more people vaccinated will lead to more outbreaks and sickness.”

The administration’s 28-page legal request was in response to a U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals injunction that cited “grave statutory and constitutional issues” when suspending the mandate pending further litigation.

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