Biden vaccine mandate blocked by Kentucky federal judge

Attorney General Kentucky
Posted at 4:58 PM, Nov 30, 2021
and last updated 2021-12-01 07:57:59-05

(LEX 18) — U.S. District Judge Gregory Van Tatenhove blocked the Biden administration from enforcing its proposed vaccine mandate.

This injunction blocks the vaccine requirement for federal contractors in Kentucky, as well as Ohio and Tennessee.

This was in response to Attorney General Daniel Cameron joining other state attorneys general in opposing the vaccine mandate.

Judge Tatenhove said the vaccine mandate went above president Biden's authority under the "Federal property and administrative services act."

"This is not a case about whether vaccines are effective. They are. Nor is this a case about whether the government, at some level, and in some circumstances, can require citizens to obtain vaccines. It can," Tatenhoven writes.

"The question presented here is narrow. Can the president use congressionally delegated authority to manage the federal procurement of goods and services to impose vaccines on the employees of federal contractors and subcontractors?"

Kentucky AG Cameron called this ruling significant. He wrote "It gives immediate relief from the federal government's vaccine requirement to Kentuckians who either contract with the federal government or work for a federal contractor."

His office believes this is the first injunction in the country blocking the vaccine mandate for federal contractors.