Federal vaccine mandate halted, AG Jeff Landry says more work needs to be done

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BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) — The Supreme Court blocked the Biden administration from enforcing vaccine, testing and mask mandates for large private businesses on Thursday. A move that affects more than 80 million American workers.

“We are absolutely ecstatic today about the Supreme Court’s decision,” said Lousiana Attorney General Jeff Landry.

Landry has been fighting this mandate since the beginning. Landry along with several other states filed a lawsuit against the Occupational Safety and Health Administration last year.

Now he hopes to see the same ruling for the other vaccine mandates he’s challenging — including one in the Head Start Program. But, with the Supreme Court allowing Biden’s mandate for health care workers, it’s unclear how they’ll rule.

“We are concerned about the court’s new breath of responsibility of power given to the HHS secretary. What we saw in the CMS case, the court basically said the secretary has a right to force a medical procedure on a healthcare worker,” said Landry.

“The Supreme Court basically said if the federal government wants to do something like this, they have to go through Congress and change the law,” said Stephen Waguespack, president & CEO of Louisiana Association of Business and Industry.

“Instead let’s try to double down on what we know works, which is educating the public, working cooperatively, finding private sector solutions to figure out how we promote vaccine awareness,” he said.

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