States Challenge Biden’s Vaccine Mandate For Health Workers

FILE - Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt speaks during a news conference in St. Louis on Aug. 6, 2020. A coalition of 10 states sued the federal government on Wednesday, Nov. 10, 2021, to try to block a COVID-19 vaccine requirement for health care workers, marking a new front in the resistance by Republican-led states to the pandemic policies of President Joe Biden's administration. "The mandate is a blatant attempt to federalize public health issues involving vaccination that belong within the States' police power," said the suit filed by Schmitt, a Republican who is running for U.S. Senate. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson, File)

(AP) — A coalition of 10 states has filed a lawsuit challenging a new rule by President Joe Biden’s administration requiring millions of health care workers to be vaccinated against COVID-19. The suit filed Wednesday in a Missouri federal court follows similar ones filed by Republican-led states against Biden’s vaccine requirements for federal contractors and businesses with more than 100 employees. It contends the vaccine requirement issued by the federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid is unprecedented, unreasonably broad and infringes on states’ rights. Biden’s administration has said its rules supersede state policies and are necessary. Joining the lawsuit were the attorneys general of Alaska, Arkansas, Iowa, Kansas, Nebraska, New Hampshire, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wyoming.


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