By Guy Page
The University of Vermont Medical Center and its affiliates have halted plans to require vaccination for all employees, a spokesman announced today. The state’s largest private employer will revert to the previous policy of allowing employees to test weekly instead.
“As long as the courts pause the federal vaccination mandate, The University of Vermont Health Network’s Vermont affiliates will continue to operate under the vaccination policy we originally announced in August, which mandates vaccination or weekly testing,” Spokesperson Neal Goswami emailed Vermont Daily Chronicle this morning.
“However, if at any point the courts allow the government to enforce its mandatory vaccination policy, we will comply with it,” Goswami said. “We continue to encourage employees to become vaccinated. As an academic health system, we know that the data and science prove that vaccines work to control the spread of the COVID-19 virus and prevents severe illness, hospitalization and death. Vaccination is the strongest tool we have toward ending this pandemic.”
Rutland Regional Medical Center announced a similar decision last week. The change was made due to a federal court preliminary injunction stopping, in all 50 states, the Biden administration requiring that all U.S. healthcare organizations receiving Medicare funding have 100% of employees vaccinated by Jan. 4. The injunction was imposed by U.S. Western District of Louisiana Judge Terry Doughty, an appointee of the Trump administration.
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A statement by Liberty Counsel, a national legal organization upholding civil and religious rights, provides detail on the preliminary injunction.
In Louisiana, a federal judge issued a nationwide preliminary injunction yesterday against Biden’s shot mandate for more than 17 million health care workers, including full-time and part-time employees, volunteers and contractors working at health care facilities receiving Medicare or Medicaid funding.
“If the executive branch is allowed to usurp the power of the legislative branch to make laws, two of the three powers conferred by our Constitution would be in the same hands. If human nature and history teach anything, it is that civil liberties face grave risks when governments proclaim indefinite states of emergency…During a pandemic such as this one, it is even more important to safeguard the separation of powers set forth in our Constitution to avoid erosion of our liberties.”
– U.S. Judge Terry Doughty
Judge Terry A. Doughty in the U.S. District Court Western District of Louisiana blocked the emergency regulation issued November 4 by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services that would have required staff at providers that participate in the programs to receive at least one dose of a COVID-19 injection by December 6 and be fully vaccinated by January 4, 2022.
Louisiana was joined in the lawsuit by attorneys general in 13 other states which include Arizona, Alabama, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Kentucky, Mississippi, Montana, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Utah and West Virginia.
Judge Doughty pointed out in his ruling that the Biden administration does not have the constitutional authority to go around Congress by issuing such a mandate. He wrote, “If the executive branch is allowed to usurp the power of the legislative branch to make laws, two of the three powers conferred by our Constitution would be in the same hands. If human nature and history teach anything, it is that civil liberties face grave risks when governments proclaim indefinite states of emergency…During a pandemic such as this one, it is even more important to safeguard the separation of powers set forth in our Constitution to avoid erosion of our liberties.”
The court also wrote, “The scope of this injunction will be nationwide, except for the states of Alaska, Arkansas, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, New Hampshire, Nebraska, Wyoming, North Dakota, South Dakota, since these ten states are already under a preliminary injunction order dated November 29, 2021, out of the Eastern District of Missouri. This preliminary injunction shall remain in effect pending the final resolution of this case, or until further orders from this Court, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, or the United States Supreme Court.”
Judge Doughty’s ruling followed a similar one on Monday from Missouri U.S. District Judge Matthew Schelp on behalf of thousands of health care workers in 10 states. Judge Schelp granted a preliminary injunction that applies to certified providers of Medicare and Medicaid suppliers in each of the suing states: Alaska, Arkansas, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, New Hampshire, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wyoming.
The court indicated that Congress had not clearly authorized the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid to institute the mandate for Medicare and Medicaid providers.
“Congress did not clearly authorize CMS to enact this politically and economically vast, federalism-altering, and boundary-pushing mandate,” Judge Schelp wrote.
Liberty Counsel Founder and Chairman Mat Staver said, “It is promising that these federal judges are acknowledging that Biden has no authority to issue unlawful shot mandates to any person in America. It’s a matter of time before more courts rule against this administration’s agenda to force people to choose between their livelihood and religious beliefs and injecting an experimental drug into their bodies.”
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Awesome news… should have always been optional!
Yeah they are still making them get the shots
Excellent news. It’s unfortunate that medical administrators , who you would THINK had some discernment , would go with the anti-science of plastic fiber masks , DEMANDING vaccines that don’t work well and then, end up SO SHORT HANDED because of their poor decisions.
Now, maybe , the essential medical people can get their MUCH needed work done and , our ICUs wont be constantly strained.
At LEAST UVM offers Monoclonal Antibody treatment, up here in Newport North Country Hospital does NOT. The ONLY facility in a county w/HIGH positivity rates in a state w/the 4th HIGHEST rates & a treatment that Vt. DOH says has a 70% survival/success rate is NOT AVAILABLE? Some states like Fla. pre-positioned Monoclonal’s throughout their facilities/counties to ENSURE lives can be saved but NOT Vermont? Is this a “punishment” for the unvaccinated? See the list of hospitals in Vt. where it’s available just in case..at http://www.healthvermont.gov/sites/default/files/documents/PDF/HAN-COVID-19-mAb.pdf Thank God we have SANE judges to stop Dementia Joe’s Diktats from on high, imagine if Trump did ANYTHING remotely like this? And THIS is about the 3rd or 4th TIME the courts have ruled Biden’s “rules” unconstitutional, no?
Have you noticed how now WCAX is not reporting the numbers of vax vs unvax that are being hospitalized? And of the vaxed who have not gotten the booster considered unvaxed?? Facts matter!!!!! It is easier for them to obfuscate with all the options out there.
The weekly testing requirements for the unvaccinated is a feel good joke! Think about it. The vaccinated can get and transmit covid. Why are they not required to test weekly? As for weekly testing does it take a week once exposed to transmit the virus to someone else? And how soon after exposure would someone test positive?
Hey Lester, don’t get all bogged down in common sense. The inmates are running the asylum. This is now our 1984, our Twilight Zone, the Outer Limits and the idiot apocalypse brought to you by those in power. The Vermont mass psychosis and government tyranny all to make us safe! But only if we comply!
the vaccinated can spread the virus, and I read the virus mutates due to the vaccinated not being ” fully protected from it? ” we all need more info and less blaming
that it’s someone else’s fault!
In yet another Federal court ruling, an order issued Nov. 12 in Doe et al. v. Austin, U.S. Federal District Judge Allen Winsor of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Florida determined that the SARS-CoV-2 “vaccines” approved for use under the EUA are not interchangeable with the approved Pfizer Comirnaty “vaccine”. This case concerns the DOD mandate for the armed services, but has implications for all. As this case works thru the courts- Next hearing is Sept.2022- perhaps the president set here will be applicable to other mandates and litigation.
In essence, it is illegal to under federal law, provide that no human being can be forced to participate in a medical experiment. Under 21 U.S. Code Sec.360bbb-3(e)(1)(A)(ii)(III), “authorization for medical products for use in emergencies,”. The three currently available “vaccines” are used under EUA, the approved Pfizer “vax”, Comirnaty is not available in the US.
The issue of “vaccination” mandates may in fact be to just “run out the clock”. If the new Ivermectin- like treatment pills that Pfizer and Merck are pushing toward EUA use come to market, the “vax” issue becomes muted. The current federal administration isn’t following law, when it interferes with their agenda- so the slow process of litigation is required. Why the totalitarian attitude to “vaccination”? We will be pondering this for many years to come- but the reasons apparent now may hold- Money. Hundreds of billions of dollars.
Just for giggles go take a look at Pfizer financials. 2021 was a very good year, and 2022 looks to be phenomenal.
But they “will continue to operate under the vaccination policy we originally announced in August, which mandates vaccination or weekly testing” — that sounds like they’re still requiring it. If the difference is allowing testing, that’s just punishment for not getting vaccinated, particularly as the vaxed are just as (or even more) likely to be carrying the virus.