Biden’s vaccine mandate on hold as it faces legal battles

President Biden’s vaccine mandate for private business is facing several legal challenges in the courts.

The federal policy requires companies with 100 or more workers get vaccinated or get tested weekly starting January 4.

“I am not anti-vaccine, I am anti mandate,” said Brandon Trosclair, Louisiana business owner.

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Brandon Trosclair is now at the center of one of many legal challenges against the federal government.

He has hundreds of workers across his grocery stores in Louisiana and Mississippi and he doesn’t plan to enforce President Biden’s new vaccine mandate.

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Trosclair said it’s federal overreach to require the vaccination or testing.

“Those are private medical decisions that should be made by those individuals, and their doctor and their family not by their boss or any politician in Washington,” said Trosclair.

A federal appeals court in Louisiana agreed and paused the mandate for now.

But back in Washington, the White House says these mandates are successful.

“Simple truth is that vaccination requirements are working,” said Jeff Zients, COVID-19 response coordinator

The Department of Justice wants the temporary block lifted and that these states and businesses haven’t “...shown that their claimed injuries outweigh the harm of staying a standard that will save thousands of lives and prevent hundreds of thousands of hospitalizations.”

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The White House is urging businesses to keep moving forward.

“We say do not wait to take actions that will keep your workplace safe. It is important and critical to do and waiting to get more people vaccinated will led to more outbreaks and sickness, so this is about keeping people in a workplace safe,” said Karine Jean-Pierre, White House Principal Deputy Press Secretary.

If the policy takes effect, OSHA says it’ll need help enforcing it, relying on employees and unions to file complaints.