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COVID vaccine mandate for healthcare workers in 10 states blocked

A judge on Monday blocked the federal government from requiring COVID-19 vaccinations for healthcare workers in ten states.

U.S. District Judge Matthew Schelp in the Eastern District of Missouri wrote in his ruling that regulations issued by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid earlier this month were incorrectly published. The agency did not get congressional approval to mandate vaccination of healthcare workers, Schelp wrote, which he said was necessary given the mandate’s “vast economic and political importance”. The rules were also published without a standard period for public comment, for which Schelp said the agency’s rationale was not appropriate.

“Really, the impact of this mandate goes way beyond COVID,” Schelp wrote. “CMS seeks to move beyond an area of ​​traditional state authority by imposing an unprecedented demand to dictate federally the private medical decisions of millions of Americans. Such action calls into question traditional notions of federalism. “

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