The U.S. government wants employees working in companies with more than 100 employees to be vaccinated against the corona virus or tested weekly. The move will affect more than 80 million workers in the United States. The plan is seen as a means of pressuring to increase vaccine coverage in the country.
But the Supreme Court, dominated by conservative judges, said on Thursday that the government may have exceeded its jurisdiction. This regulation did not come through Parliament, but was written by the OHSA, the executive branch responsible for safety and health at work.
The U.S. media quoted the court ruling as saying that “while Congress has undoubtedly given the OHSA the power to regulate occupational hazards, the agency does not yet have the authority to regulate public health on a broader scale.”
The rules were initially expected to take effect this month. The Supreme Court allows the requirement of vaccination for employees of health care facilities working with federal sources.