By Shannon Mullen, Katie Yoder

Washington, D.C. Newsroom, Jan 13, 2022 / 13:20 pm

The Supreme Court has blocked President Joe Biden’s sweeping vaccine-or-test mandate businesses, while allowing a new federal rule to go forward that requires millions of U.S. health care workers to be fully vaccinated against the virus that causes COVID-19.

In a statement, Louis Brown, executive director of the Christ Medicus Foundation, a Catholic nonprofit organization that advocates for religious freedom and “Christ-centered” health care, applauded the court’s decision in the business mandate case but said the health care worker decision sets a “dangerous precedent.”

“The federal government’s health care worker vaccine mandate is a slap in the face to the countless medical professionals who risked their lives to care for patients during the pandemic but have been or are now being fired because of their decision not to get vaccinated,” said Brown, a former acting deputy director of the Civil Rights Division at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

“The attempts of the federal government and some municipal governments to mandate medical interventions, particularly those interventions that are comparatively new, is a grave violation of the human and civil rights and human dignity of millions of Americans,” the statement continued. “Our country, the American people, and particularly our heroic medical professionals deserve better than the decision of the Supreme Court today.”