In a huge case that will affect healthcare workers around the U.S., Fox News is reporting that Federal Judge Terry A. Doughty put a halt on the massive healthcare vaccination mandate from the Biden Administration.

Originally, healthcare workers were expected to either have the first shot of a vaccine by December 6th, 2021 and have both shots by January 4th, 2022 or they would be put on administrative leave.

Even better, the judge put a stop to it for reasons that should hold up in court all the way to the Supreme Court.

"If the executive branch is allowed to usurp the power of the legislative branch to make laws, two of the three powers conferred by our Constitution would be in the same hands," Judge Daughty wrote. "During a pandemic such as this one, it is even more important to safeguard the separation of powers set forth in our Constitution to avoid erosion of our liberties."

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Hospitals in Lubbock and the surrounding areas can temporarily breathe a sigh of relief. Most hospitals are short staffed as it is, and this mandate would have made things even worse.

This ruling also reinforces the ruling by Federal Judge Matthew Schelp, which put a hold on the vaccine mandate for 10 states, but did not affect the state of Texas. Even though this is good for hospitals around the US for now, both rulings will probably be appealed by the Biden Administration and may have to go to the Supreme Court to get a final ruling.

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