High court blocks COVID-19 vaccine rule for businesses, not health care providers

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that OSHA exceeded its authority by requiring large employers to adopt mandatory vaccination policies, but ruled that health care providers can require the vaccinations. The Court issued decisions on OSHA’s Emergency Temporary Standard, requiring employers with more than 100 employees to adopt mandatory vaccination policies; and the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ (CMS) Interim Final Rule, which requires certified health care entities to mandate employee vaccinations. The court reinstated a nationwide stay of OSHA’s ETS but concluded that requiring health care providers to mandate employee vaccinations is well within the authority of CMS.