COVID-19 Vaccine Mandate for Federal Contractors is Now Blocked Nationwide
December 9, 2021
Last week, we shared that a federal district court in Kentucky issued a preliminary injunction blocking the federal government’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate for federal contractors and subcontractors in all covered contracts in Kentucky, Ohio, and Tennessee. See Commonwealth of Kentucky v. Biden, No. 3:21-cv-00055 (E.D. Ky. Nov. 30, 2021).
Yesterday, a federal district court in Georgia issued a preliminary injunction blocking this same vaccine mandate from taking effect nationwide. See State of Georgia v. Biden, No. 1:21-cv-163 (S.D. Ga. Dec. 7, 2021). As with the Commonwealth of Kentucky decision, the Court in State of Georgia found that the plaintiffs (Georgia, six other states, and various agencies within those states) and intervenors (Associated Builders and Contractors, Inc. and one of its chapters) were likely to succeed on their claim that President Biden exceeded the authorization given to him by Congress through the Federal Property and Administrative Services Act when issuing Executive Order 14042. After finding that all other requirements for the issuance of a preliminary injunction were met, the Court issued an injunction blocking enforcement of the vaccine mandate for federal contractors and subcontractors in all covered contracts in any state or territory during the pendency of the action or until further order of the Court.