A federal judge in Missouri has issued a temporary hold on the Biden administration's COVID-19 vaccine mandate for federal contractors in 10 U.S. states while litigation plays out.
"It will not harm the federal government to maintain the status quo while the courts decide the issues of the President's authority and the implications for federalism. The Court concludes that, on balance, consideration of the harms and the public interest weigh in favor of a preliminary injunction," reads the Monday preliminary injunction order from U.S. Magistrate Judge David Noce.
Mandate Currently Blocked NationwideA nationwide preliminary injunction is already in place blocking the Biden administration's vaccine mandate for federal contractors, after a federal court in Georgia on Dec. 7 granted the injunction in a separate seven-state lawsuit led by Georgia.
The court had decided to block the mandate for the whole of the United States because a national trade organization—Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC)—was granted permission by the court to intervene in the case as a plaintiff. The states of Alabama, Georgia, Idaho, Kansas, South Carolina, Utah, and West Virginia were the other plaintiffs.
The COVID-19 vaccine mandate for federal employees and contractors was otherwise going to take effect on Jan. 4, 2022. The deadline was initially set for Dec. 8.
Federal contractors that don’t comply may lose out on government contracts.