Joe Biden delivers remarks on the Covid-19 response and the vaccination program at the White House on August 23, 2021 in Washington, D.C. (Photo by JIM WATSON/AFP via Getty Images)
UPDATED 5:56 PM PT – Wednesday, November 17, 2021
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has suspended its emergency temporary standard for forcing employees to take the coronavirus vaccine.
On Tuesday, the bureau announced it has suspended the mandate just more than a week after the rules were first announced. This followed a federal court placing a long-term stay on enforcement, signaling they were unlikely to support implementation down the road.
“The court ordered that OSHA ‘take no steps to implement or enforce’ the ETS [emergency temporary standard] ‘until further court order’. While emergencies, OSHA has suspended activities related to the implementation and enforcement of the ETS pending future developments in the litigations,” said OSHA in a statement published to its website Friday.
Joe Biden announced in September that he wanted to force Americans to either take the vaccine or be tested weekly and cover their faces if they want to make a living. Biden tried to use OSHA to enforce it.
In the meantime, the White House has continued telling employers to go ahead with the mandate regardless of what the judiciary says.