A federal judge on Tuesday blocked the COVID-19 vaccine mandate for federal contractors from going into effect in Tennessee, Kentucky and Ohio.
A U.S. District Judge in Kentucky granted a preliminary injunction preventing the mandate, enforced against federal contractors and subcontractors through Executive Order, from taking effect In Tennessee, Kentucky and Ohio, which had collectively challenged the rule. The mandate in the Executive Order requires effectively all employees of federal contractors and subcontractors to be fully vaccinated by Jan. 4. The court reasoned that the Executive Order likely exceeded President Biden’s authority over federal procurement, and that the states had shown enough proof to meet the standard for a preliminary injunction.
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