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Court Stops Vaccine Mandate for Federal Contractors Across the Country

Friday, December 17, 2021
Court Stops Vaccine Mandate for Federal Contractors Across the Country

On Dec. 7, 2021, a Georgia federal judge stopped the federal contractors mandate across the U.S.

This new order comes right after a Kentucky federal judge issued a preliminary injunction effectively blocking the implementation and enforcement of President Biden’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate for federal government contractors and subcontractors for Kentucky, Tennessee and Ohio on Nov. 30, 2021.

Federal Contractor Vaccination Mandate

On Nov. 10, 2021, the Biden administration updated its guidance for the Safer Federal Workforce Task Force, clarifying that federal contractor employees must be fully vaccinated by Jan. 18, 2022. 

This update was released in conjunction with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) vaccine mandate for private employers and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) vaccine mandate for health care workers, both of which have also since been blocked in federal court. 

Preliminary Injunction

The injunction is effective immediately and applies nationwide. 

The order specifically states that the case in question is not about whether the government can require citizens to obtain vaccines. Rather, the court’s opinion is that the Biden administration likely exceeded its authority to manage the federal procurement of goods and services when it imposed the vaccination requirement on federal contractors and subcontractor employees.

Impact on Employers 

The injunction impacts federal contractors and subcontractors nationwide. However, federal contractors should continue monitoring this development to learn how court decisions ultimately affect their compliance obligations. 

Important Dates

Nov. 30, 2021

Federal court orders preliminary injunction against the vaccine mandate for federal contractors in Kentucky, Ohio and Tennessee.

Dec. 7, 2021

Federal court orders preliminary injunction for the federal contractors vaccine mandate nationwide.

Material posted on this website is for informational purposes only and does not constitute a legal opinion or medical advice. Contact your legal representative or medical professional for information specific to your legal or medical needs.

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