A federal judge in Georgia on Tuesday, December 7 issued a nationwide preliminary injunction preventing the COVID-19 vaccine mandate for federal contractors from going into effect. Concluding the administration had likely exceeded the scope of its authority under the Federal Property and Administrative Services Act, the judge ruled, "Accordingly, the Court ORDERS that Defendants are ENJOINED, during the pendency of this action or until further order of this Court, from enforcing the vaccine mandate for federal contractors and subcontractors in all covered contracts in any state or territory of the United States of America." It remains to be seen whether the administration will file a motion to have the injunction lifted. Also unclear is whether such a motion will prevail. For the time being, however, covered federal contractors are not required to mandate that their workforce be vaccinated. The full decision can be found here.
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