On Tuesday, December 7, 2021, a Georgia federal judge issued a nationwide injunction blocking the COVID-19 vaccine mandate for Federal Contractors from going into effect. The Georgia federal judge ruled that the administration had likely exceeded its procurement authority.
In granting the injunction, U.S. District Judge R. Stan Baker stated that “Plaintiffs will likely succeed in their claim that the President exceeded the authorization given to him by Congress through the Federal Property and Administrative Services Act when issuing Executive Order 14042.”
The Court ruled that although the COVID-19 pandemic has wrought a “tragic toll” on the nation and the government has an interest in combating the spread of COVID-19, “that interest does not permit the government to act unlawfully even in pursuit of desirable ends.”
Going forward, this means that the government is enjoined from enforcing the vaccine mandate for Federal Contractors and subcontractors in all covered contracts in any state or territory of the United States during the pendency of this action or until further order from the Court.
You can read the order in its entirety here.