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Court Halts Biden Administration’s Healthcare Worker Vaccine Mandate Following Lawsuit from Missouri Attorney General

Nov 29, 2021, 11:12 AM by AG Schmitt
ST. LOUIS, Mo. – Today, following a lawsuit from Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt, the United States District Court, Eastern District of Missouri, issued a preliminary injunction, halting the Biden Administration from enforcing its vaccine mandate on healthcare workers in the states that joined Missouri’s coalition.

“Earlier today, the United States District Court, Eastern District of Missouri, issued a preliminary injunction halting the Biden Administration from enforcing its vaccine mandate on healthcare workers. This is a huge victory for healthcare workers in Missouri and across the country, including rural hospitals who were facing near certain collapse due to this mandate,” said Attorney General Schmitt. “While today’s ruling is a victory, there’s more work to be done, and I will keep fighting to push back on this unprecedented federal overreach.”
 
On November 10, 2021, Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt led a coalition of 10 states in filing a lawsuit to halt the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ vaccine mandate on healthcare workers, the first states to file suit.
 
Earlier today, the Court issued a preliminary injunction enjoining the Biden Administration from enforcing the vaccine mandate on healthcare workers in any of the plaintiff states, arguing that CMS did not have the authority to issue the mandate.
 
The full ruling can be found here: https://ago.mo.gov/docs/default-source/press-releases/cms-injunction.pdf?sfvrsn=ed822d9d_2
 
The Missouri Attorney General’s Office has also filed suit to halt OSHA’s vaccine mandate on private employers and the vaccine mandate on federal contractors, both of which are awaiting court rulings.