CHEYENNE, Wyo. — Wyoming has joined 26 other states in another attempt to block federal vaccine mandates.
A coalition of 27 states asked the U.S. Supreme Court to halt emergency vaccine mandates issued by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), which requires employees of private businesses with over 100 employees to be vaccinated.
The 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals reversed a previous decision on Friday and allowed the mandate to move ahead.
“While we are disappointed with the decision of the 6th Circuit’s panel, we immediately requested that the Supreme Court halt this mandate and hear the case,” Governor Mark Gordon said.
“While we are disappointed with the decision of the 6th Circuit’s panel, we immediately requested that the Supreme Court halt this mandate and hear this case,” Governor Gordon said. “This overreaching rule exceeds OSHA’s authority and threatens the rights of Wyoming citizens and her industries.”
This is the latest in a series of battles Wyoming has waged against federal vaccine mandates. The move comes as a new COVID-19 variant contributes to surges across the country.
In Wyoming, 1,494 unvaccinated people have been hospitalized with COVID-19, compared to 261 vaccinated people, according to data from the Wyoming Department of Health. The COVID-19 death rate is also nearly five times higher for unvaccinated people.