Conservative author and podcaster Allie Beth Stuckey tweets, “Very happy re SCOTUS decision. But, considering COVID positive healthcare workers are now being forced go to work to ease the strain on hospitals, the hospital mandate needs to go too.”
Stuckey adds, “There should be no vaccine mandate for hospitals, for federal workers, or for anyone. 1) The vaccines don’t stop infection or transmission. 2) According to [Dr. Anthony] Fauci, ‘everyone will get Omicron.’ 3) Healthcare workers who are COVID+ are now being forced to care for sick patients. 4) Most importantly, as [Justice Clarence] Thomas argues [in his dissent], the government doesn’t have the authority. … I really think they want the health care system to fail so they can sweep in with single payer.”
Biden Administration Vows to Protect U.S. Workers
President Biden says he is “disappointed that the Supreme Court has chosen to block common-sense life-saving requirements for employees at large businesses that were grounded squarely in both science and the law.” The decision, he adds, “does not stop me from using my voice as President to advocate for employers to do the right thing.” As for the ruling about health-care workers at federally funded facilities, Biden says that will “save lives.”
Labor Secretary Marty Walsh promises that OSHA “will do everything in its existing authority to hold businesses accountable for protecting workers.” And Surgeon General Vivek Murthy says despite this setback, “The good news is that many companies have moved forward anyway in implementing vaccine requirements, because they know again, it’s good for the workers, it’s good for customers.”
According to the CDC, more than 208 million Americans (almost two-thirds of the population), are fully vaccinated against COVID-19. More than one-third of those individuals (including all nine SCOTUS justices) have received booster shots.