Doughty added a nationwide injunction to his ruling

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Yet another U.S. district judge has  blocked a federal COVID-19 vaccine mandate for health care workers. This new effort last Tuesday, issues a nationwide injunction in another setback to Joe Biden’s effort to require wide segments of the nation to be vaccinated.


Louisiana Western District U.S. Judge Terry Doughty’s ruling follows a similar ruling last Monday from Missouri U.S. District Judge Matthew Schelp which only covered 10 states.


Doughty ruled on a lawsuit led by Republican Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry and was joined by 13 other states, but Doughty added a nationwide injunction to his ruling.


In his decision, Doughty wrote the Biden Administration doesn’t have the authority to bypass Congress in issuing such a mandate.

The emergency regulation in question which was issued by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services would have required staff at providers that participate in the programs to receive at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine by December 6th and to be fully vaccinated by January 4, 2022 –  covering over than 17 million health care workers, according to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

Earlier this month the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans blocked a broader Biden administration mandate that businesses with more than 100 workers require employees to be vaccinated by Jan. 4 or wear masks and be tested weekly. Landry was also the lead in that lawsuit.

In Tuesday’s ruling the states that joined Louisiana in the lawsuit were Arizona, Alabama, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Kentucky, Mississippi, Montana, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Utah and West Virginia.