The high jurisdiction, on the other hand, validated the obligation of vaccination for the employees of the structures of health which profit from federal funds.
In the United States, where the virus has killed more than 845,000 people, only 62% of the population is fully vaccinated due to very marked political divisions on the issue.
After months of trying to convince the reluctant, Joe Biden announced in September that he wanted to make vaccination compulsory for employees of large companies, the medical sector and federal civil servants.
In the land of individual freedoms, his decision was immediately denounced as an abuse of power by elected Republicans and by part of the economic world.
The Supreme Court agreed with them on Thursday, at least with regard to the approximately 84 million people employed in companies with more than 100 employees.
The administration has
ordered to get a COVID shot or test weekly, at their own expense. It is not the day-to-day exercise of federal power, but an intrusion into the lives and health of a large number of employees., she wrote in her judgment.
The decision was taken with a majority of six out of nine magistrates, all conservatives. In a separate text, the Court’s three progressive justices accused them of acting
outside their field of competence and without legal basis.
Setback for Biden
I’m disappointed the Supreme Court chose to block a common-sense, potentially life-saving motion, commented Joe Biden who has made the fight against the pandemic one of the priorities of his mandate.
The experts were even more pessimistic.
This decision will lead to more suffering, deaths and overwhelmed hospitals, posted on Twitter Ashish Jha, a public health researcher at Brown University.
The Republicans, on the other hand, were jubilant.
” Freedom has won! “
Mike Pence’s point of view is widely shared by the right, according to which it is up to individuals to choose their means of protection, both on wearing a mask and on the vaccine.
We are proud that the Supreme Court stood, added former President Donald Trump who, during his term, appointed three judges to the temple of American law.
Some professional associations have also welcomed a
huge victory, while reaching out to the Democratic government.
We call on the Biden administration to […] work with employers, employees and health experts on concrete ways to increase vaccination rates and slow infections, said David French, of the National Federation of Traders.
Small consolation for the president: the Supreme Court validated, with the votes of the three progressive judges and two conservatives, the obligation to vaccinate in the care centers, which concerns approximately 10 million people.
Ensuring that healthcare centers take steps to avoid transmitting a dangerous virus to their patients is a fundamental principle of the medical profession: first, do no harm, they justified in their judgment.