A federal court in Florida has sided with the State of Florida and issued a preliminary injunction against Joe Biden’s COVID shot mandate for federal contractors and subcontractors.
On September 9, 2021, Biden issued Executive Order 14042, which requires federal contractors and subcontractors to become “fully vaccinated.” In response, the State of Florida sued Biden, NASA Administrator Bill Nelson, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and the General Services Administration (GSA).
In his December 22, 2021, ruling, U.S. District Judge Steven Merryday states, “Florida demonstrates a substantial likelihood that Executive Order 14042 exceeds the President’s authority” and “intrudes into a matter traditionally committed to the state.” Florida also shows the likelihood of “irreparable economic injury” the mandates would cause, and a denial of the injunction “would substantially injure Florida entities faced with violating either a federal contract or state law.”
The conflict between state and federal law arises from the Florida legislature’s passage of the “Keep Florida Free” joint agenda in November 2021, banning shot mandates on public and private employees in the state.
Judge Merryday is the fourth judge to block Biden’s shot mandate for federal contractors.