|Posted by JJ The Psychotherapist on February 4, 2022 at 11:05 PM|
Sixteen states file new lawsuit against federal COVID vaccination mandate
Sixteen states have filed a new challenge to a federal COVID-19 vaccine mandate for health care employees working in institutions that receive Medicare and Medicaid funds.
The lawsuit in U.S. District Court for the Western District of Louisiana on Friday comes after the U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid (CMS) issued final guidance on the requirement, contending that the guidance is a reviewable action.
The United States Supreme Court ruled on Jan. 13 by a 5-4 majority against the initial Louisiana lawsuit to the requirement and a similar Missouri complaint.
In late November, the first Louisiana complaint resulted in a countrywide injunction. Following the Supreme Court's decision, a federal court in Texas rejected a similar Texas claim.
Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee has stated that he supports the revived lawsuit. Tennessee was joined in the new file by Arizona, Alabama, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Montana, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Utah, Virginia, and West Virginia.
"We are resuming our legal challenge to the CMS vaccination requirement so that Tennessee health care professionals may make their own health care decisions," Lee stated. "While this mandate exemplifies the worst of government overreach, it also jeopardizes our capacity to staff institutions and care for the elderly, disabled, and other vulnerable people.""
Workers in states not implicated in the litigation had until February 28 to be vaccinated, while those included in the ruling had until March 15 to obtain injections. Texas residents have until March 21 to be completely immunized.
The 16 states involved in the latest complaint contend that the COVID-19 omicron variation has resulted in health-care staffing concerns that would be exacerbated by a vaccine requirement.