LEGAL ALERT: Federal Court Issues Nationwide Injunction Against Federal Contractor Vaccine Mandate | Vandeventer Black LLP


The U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Georgia issued an injunction on December 7, 2021 preventing the federal government from enforcing the federal vaccine mandate, Executive Order 14042. According to the mandate, contractors with covered federal contracts are obliged to comply with the Safer Federal Workforce Taskforce Guidance, which stipulates that all contractor employees recorded vaccinate by January 18, 2022 by issuing Executive Order 14042. This temporary injunction applies nationwide.

It’s hard to predict what will happen next. Most likely, the case will eventually go to the United States Supreme Court. In the meantime, the federal vaccine mandate has been put on hold.

This injunction is the latest in a series of defeats for the government’s efforts to fight the pandemic through mandatory vaccination or testing. Recently, another federal court ordered the OSHA’s Temporary Emergency Standard, which requires companies with 100 or more employees to ensure their employees are vaccinated or tested for COVID-19 on a weekly basis. An appeal is pending against this decision.