US Judge Blocks Biden Federal Employee COVID-19 Vaccine Mandate

US Judge Blocks Biden Federal Employee COVID-19 Vaccine Mandate US Judge Blocks Biden Federal Employee COVID-19 Vaccine Mandate President Joe Biden gets a COVID-19 booster shot in September. (Getty Images)

By Newsmax Wires | Friday, 21 January 2022 12:18 PM

A federal judge in Texas issued a nationwide ruling Friday that President Joe Biden could not require federal employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19.

Biden issued an order requiring about 3.5 million workers to get vaccinated by Nov. 22 or seek a religious or medical accommodation or face discipline or firing.

U.S. District Judge Jeffrey Brown said in his Friday order that at issue was whether the president "can, with the stroke of a pen and without the input of Congress, require millions of federal employees to undergo a medical procedure as a condition of their employment."

He added, “That, under the current state of the law as just recently expressed by the Supreme Court, is a bridge too far."

Brown was appointed to the District Court for the Southern District of Texas by President Donald Trump.

The Justice Department said it would appeal the ruling.

The suit was brought by the group Feds for Medical Freedom.