More than 60 health care associations and medical groups, including the American Medical Association, on Thursday called on private employers to voluntarily enforce President Joe Biden’s vaccine mandate ahead of the holiday season.
“We — physicians, nurses and advanced practice clinicians, health experts, and health care professional societies — fully support the requirement that workers at companies with over 100 workers be vaccinated or tested,” the organizations said in a joint statement reported by the Washington Post. “This requirement by the Occupational, Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is reasonable and essential to protect workers.”
The Biden administration’s vaccine requirements were issued on Nov. 4, and American companies were given until Jan. 4 to come into compliance with the mandate or face penalizing fines. But Republican-led states, businesses, and legal groups challenged the requirements in court, arguing that the administration overreached by issuing an unconstitutional mandate. Last week, a federal appeals court blocked OSHA’s rule from taking effect, and the Biden administration has suspended enforcement of its mandate pending further litigation.