Supreme court blocks OSHA vaccine mandate

Businesses‌ ‌with‌ ‌100‌ ‌or‌ ‌more‌ ‌employees‌ ‌no‌ ‌longer‌ ‌need‌ ‌to‌ ‌require‌ ‌vaccination‌


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Right to speak out: Citizens express their beliefs about the vaccine mandate. The immense outrage was caused after businesses were requiring employees to be vaccinated in order to work.

On Jan. 13, 2022, in a 6-3 decision vote, the US Supreme Court blocked the vaccination or test rule for bigger businesses with 100 or more employees. If passed, businesses would have had to require a vaccine, if not then employees would be required to test regularly and wear a face covering while working.

This would have impacted over 83 million Americans. With the rule being blocked, businesses can continue to operate the same way without having to require vaccination, and citizens can continue to choose to be vaccinated or not unless the company they work for requires vaccination.

Previous mandates required proof of vaccination and testing, and while some think they shouldn’t have to get vaccinated, many others are for it.

“The vaccine is an important tool that people should definitely take advantage of right now,” senior Amber Lanier said.

The other side of the coin is a matter of personal choice,

“It’s a good thing to get, but it should be your preference if you want the vaccine or not,” senior Rylee Thomas of Lynnwood High School said.

Many people have different opinions on whether or not you should choose if you want to receive the vaccine or if it should be mandatory.

Some people believe that just the big businesses should require vaccination for their employees,
“It makes sense to have a big business vaccinate their employees but if it’s a tiny business it should be your choice,” senior Karlie Thompson said.