Opponents of federal vaccination mandate seek a repeat – Boston News, Weather, Sports

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A federal appeals court is being asked to reconsider its decision allowing the Biden administration to require federal employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19.

A panel of the US Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals last month overturned a lower court ruling blocking the mandate and ordered the dismissal of a lawsuit challenging the policy President Joe Biden ordered in September.

However, this 2-1 ruling by the Appellate Body will not come into effect until May 31. On Saturday, opponents of the mandate, led by a group called Feds for Medical Freedom, filed a petition asking for the April verdict to be overturned and for the full 17-member court to hear new arguments in the case.

On Monday, the 5th District asked the government to respond by June 2; It was unclear if the court would take action by then.

Biden issued an order on Sept. 9 that more than 3.5 million federal executive branch employees would be vaccinated without the opportunity to be regularly tested instead, unless they have received approved medical or religious exemptions.

US District Judge Jeffrey Brown, who was appointed to the District Court for the Southern District of Texas by then-President Donald Trump, issued a statewide injunction against the requirement in January. At the time, the White House said 98% of federal employees were already vaccinated.

In February, a 5th Circuit panel refused to block Brown’s decision pending an appeal. After hearing arguments in March, another panel ruled 2-1 that Brown had no jurisdiction in the case and those contesting the requirement could have sought administrative remedies under the Civil Service Act.

Justices Carl Stewart and James Dennis, both nominated to the court by Democratic President Bill Clinton, were in the majority. Justice Rhesa Barksdale, a senior judge nominated by Republican President George HW Bush, disagreed, saying the relief sought by the challengers is not covered by the government-cited Civil Service Reform Act.

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