A federal appeals court has rejected a vaccine mandate for California prison workers.
“The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals issued a stay, postponing the Jan. 12 deadline to get thousands of prison workers vaccinated until at least March,” according to a recent report.
“The move by the appeals court came after a request for a stay of a September ruling by a lower court pending an appeal. The appeals court also moved up opening briefs to Dec. 13,” noted The Hill. “California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation statistics show that at least 240 prisoners have died from COVID-19 and more than half the state prison population has been infected.”
Lexi Lonas observed that the court’s decision “blocked an earlier decision from U.S. District Judge Jon Tigar that required prison employees to get the vaccine. Tigar’s decision would also require prisoners to get either the vaccine or a medical or religious exemption in order to do work outside the prison or get in-prison visits from family.”
Interestingly, the leftist Governor of California, Gavin Newsom, had opposed the mandate.
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