OSHA Withdraws COVID-19 Vaccine, Testing Rules Struck Down by Supreme Court

OSHA ends COVID-19 vaccination and testing rules

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(FOX NEWS) – The U.S. Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) announced it is ending the COVID-19 vaccination and testing rules that were struck down by the Supreme Court but vowed to continue efforts to make the rules permanent in the future.

“The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration is withdrawing the vaccination and testing emergency temporary standard issued on Nov. 5, 2021, to protect unvaccinated employees of large employers with 100 or more employees from workplace exposure to coronavirus,” the agency said in a statement Tuesday, noting that the withdrawal will go into effect Wednesday.

But the agency said it wasn’t giving up on the mandate completely, vowing to work at making it a permanent rule.

“Although OSHA is withdrawing the vaccination and testing ETS as an enforceable emergency temporary standard, the agency is not withdrawing the ETS as a proposed rule,” the statement said. “The agency is prioritizing its resources to focus on finalizing a permanent COVID-19 Healthcare Standard.”

OSHA’s move to continue the effort to make the mandate a permanent rule drew the ire of First Liberty Institute, which represented three religious ministries to challenge the mandate.

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