After SCOTUS’ Hit, Companies are Ditching Their Vaccine Mandates Like a Bad Habit – Opinion

Thanks to the United States Supreme Court’s epic hit, Dementia Joe’s OSHA vaccine mandate has been struck down. The handwriting on the wall was already there as early as December. General Electric and Union Pacific decided not to push for mandatory vaccinations after the OSHA mandate was reaffirmed by the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals in November. Many others have now followed the example of General Electric and Union Pacific.

From NBC News

Amtrak and General Electric are among the companies that have been suspending Covid-19 mandates for employees and health systems.

Following court rulings recently halting such mandates from the Biden Administration for federal contractors and health care workers, this move is also in line with other recent court rulings. The individual employers still have the final say on whether vaccinations are required.

Precarious times are causing mandates to be suspended: There are many employers facing labor shortages and Covid cases rising. The highly mutated variant of the omicron is also spreading.

Don’t be afraid to tell people that the Omicron virus is similar to the common flu. COVID has shown that while there are more hospitalizations than ever, the number of deaths is not increasing. Biden’s administration lost the cudgel and media lost their narrative.

Huzzah.

While one SCOTUS decision was reason to celebrate, the justices still upheld Biden’s CMA vaccine mandate which affects healthcare workers. If they decline to have the vaccine, physicians, nurses and emergency staff are subject to termination and suspension. Some hospitals and medical centres have decided the staffing shortfalls are too costly and will not accept the unwise mandates.

Bravo!

Hospitals have struggled to keep enough staffing, as they were already struggling with inadequate nurses before the pandemic. Burnout has further exacerbated shortages.

That most likely factored into some health care systems’ choices to reverse vaccination mandates, said David Barron, a Houston-based employment attorney.

“Most employers do not have the luxury of losing 5 percent or 10 percent or whatever percent of their workforce doesn’t want to get vaccinated,” said Barron, who works with the law firm Cozen O’Connor. “In this environment, it’s very tough, especially in jobs like health care or other industries where it’s a very tight labor market.”

Cleveland Clinic is one of 19 health systems which announced that they would suspend their vaccination program. According to a spokesperson, 85 percent have had their vaccinations done at Cleveland Clinic. Those who are not have their shots regularly tested. Cleveland Clinic said in a statement that it continued to “strongly encourage” all employees to get vaccinated.

We can use strong encouragement. The person still has a choice. Mandates do not.

While this SCOTUS decision now gives companies freedom to go their own way, as RedState reported last month, certain companies are content to keep their mandates, which were crafted before Biden’s executive order in place. This is all with Biden’s blessing, of course.

Biden, President on Thursday appealed to states and companies to require people to get vaccinated against the coronavirus despite the Supreme Court blocking his vaccine-or-test mandate for large employers.

The Supreme Court on Thursday ruled 6-3 against the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) mandate, blocking it from taking effect while other legal challenges play out. Employers with 100 or more employees would have to show proof of vaccination, provide negative coronavirus tests every week and require their workers to use face covers to go to work.

“As a result of the Court’s decision, it is now up to States and individual employers to determine whether to make their workplaces as safe as possible for employees, and whether their businesses will be safe for consumers during this pandemic by requiring employees to take the simple and effective step of getting vaccinated,” the president said in a statement.

The President vowed that he would pressurize companies into creating their vaccine-or-test specifications.

He said the Supreme Court ruling “does not stop me from using my voice as President to advocate for employers to do the right thing to protect Americans’ health and economy.”

“I call on business leaders to immediately join those who have already stepped up – including one third of Fortune 100 companies – and institute vaccination requirements to protect their workers, customers, and communities,” Biden added in his statement.

Siemens Healthineers, for example, will keep increasing the number of vaccinations required and making it harder to fire employees who refuse. Ophelia is a Siemens Healthineers former employee, and she told me that this was a strategy they have been using.

“Unfortunately, Siemens-Healthineers made it very clear that their new policy will not change due to any of the rulings from SCOTUS,” she wrote.

What can other companies do? It will be interesting to see what other corporations do. As the false COVID narratives keep crashing and burning, I expect more Dominoes to fall in favor of removing vaccine requirements. This will be made worse by bad PR and legal action.

 

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