As nearly 782,000 people have died from COVID-19 in the United States, President Biden is adamant that pushing for all citizens to get vaccinated remains the best solution to slow the spreading of the virus. On Monday, as he addressed the alarming Omicron variant surge, he urged people to get vaccinated, get boosters and wear masks.
Joe Biden said: “This variant is a cause for concern, not a cause for panic.
“We’re going to fight and beat this new variant.”
“In the event, hopefully unlikely, that updated vaccinations or boosters are needed to respond to this new variant. We will accelerate their development and deployment with every available tool.”
The White House has also imposed coronavirus vaccine rules on government contractors, military personnel and federal employees, but all are challenged in court.
On Tuesday, Kentucky, Ohio and Tennessee saw federal judges blocking the COVID-19 vaccine mandate for contractors.
The ruling prevents the White House from enforcing that new government contracts must include clauses requiring that contractors’ employees get vaccinated against COVID-19.
US District Judge Gregory Van Tatenhove in Frankfort, Kentucky, wrote: “Can the president use congressionally delegated authority to manage the federal procurement of goods and services to impose vaccines on the employees of federal contractors and subcontractors? In all likelihood, the answer to that question is no.”
Reports show that 13 similar lawsuits are ongoing across the country regarding the vaccine mandate in some professions.
The US Centres for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) previously stated that unvaccinated healthcare staff threaten patient safety.
However, vaccine hesitancy in the US remains a problem as only 59% of all Americans are fully vaccinated.
Almost 70% have had at least one shot.
Opponents to vaccine mandates also argue they violate the Constitution and curb individual liberty.
US government workers were required to get vaccinated by November 22.
Still, the White House told federal agencies that they could delay punishing those who did not comply.