Federal court declines to lift stay on vaccine mandate

WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal court has declined to lift its stay on the Biden administration's vaccine mandate for businesses with 100 or more workers.

The New Orleans-based 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals had granted an emergency stay last Saturday of the requirement by the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration that those workers be vaccinated by Jan. 4 or face mask requirements and weekly tests.

Lawyers for the Justice and Labor departments filed a response Monday.

It said stopping the mandate from taking effect will only prolong the COVID-19 pandemic and "cost dozens or even hundreds of lives per day."

The appeals court rejected that argument Friday.

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