Such revisions have already been made in Tennessee, Kansas, Iowa, and Florida. In addition, some states also enacted laws mandating exemption cases on religious or philosophical bases for the federal vaccine mandate for businesses with more than 100 employees or simply banning vaccine mandates altogether.
According to Axios, "Legal uncertainty created by a wide variety of new vaccine exemptions in Florida – including for past COVID-19 infections and 'anticipated future pregnancy' – prompted Disney World to suspend its vaccine mandate on Tuesday."
At the federal level, Republican lawmakers have also been very active, with Sen. Mike Braun (R-IN) directly opposing the Biden vaccine mandate by calling upon the Congressional Review Act. This act is the legal framework by which Congress can undo a previous executive order by a president.
As well, Axios proceeds to report that, in total, "at least 20 bills have been introduced to chip away at Biden's mandates."
And ultimately, on Friday, people pushing back against the vaccine mandate received a boost, as a US Court of Appeals approved a request for a stay of the order, as the case makes its way to an appeal, or until March 2022.
A federal judge halted the Biden Administration’s vaccine mandate for health care workers across ten states Monday, siding with the workers who brought the challenge to the court, asking it to block the government’s requirement.
The Administration’s vaccine rule, which applies to the more than 17 million health care workers across around 76,000 facilities that participate in Medicare and Medicaid, such as hospitals and places offering long-term care, sets a deadline for workers to be fully vaccinated by Jan. 4.
Although the judge’s preliminary injunction Monday, which refers to some health care workers in Alaska, Arkansas, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, New Hampshire, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wyoming, blocks the Administration’s enforcement of the vaccine requirement.
The mandate comes after the Administration has already suffered many legal challenges to its vaccine requirements. Earlier this month, in what was among the biggest attacks on the Administration’s vaccine requirement, a panel of judges at a federal appeals court temporarily obstructed the Biden Administration’s rule for workers at large companies, mentioning “cause to believe there are grave statutory and constitutional issues with the Mandate.”