The United States Supreme Court has put a stop to President Joe Biden’s stiff regulations requiring workers at companies with large work force to vaccinated or masked and tested weekly.
Six out of the nine Justices of the US apex court ruled that it is beyond President Joe Biden’s jurisdiction to issue such mandates.
On his part, President Biden, whose approval rating has been going down, expressed disappointment with the decision “to block common-sense life-saving requirements for employees.”
He added: “I call on business leaders to immediately join those who have already stepped up – including one third of Fortune 100 companies – and institute vaccination requirements to protect their workers, customers, and communities.”
The administration’s workplace vaccine mandate would have required workers to receive a Covid-19 shot, or be masked and tested weekly at their own expense.
It would have also applied to workplaces with at least 100 employees and affected some 84 million workers. It was designed to be enforced by employers.
Former President Donald Trump cheered the court’s decision, and said vaccine mandates “would have further destroyed the economy”.
“We are proud of the Supreme Court for not backing down,” he said in a statement. “No mandates!”