A judge has ruled that federal employees should be served the COVID-19 vaccination mandate

A judge has ruled that federal employees should be served the COVID-19 vaccination mandate ...

COVID-19 vaccinations are safe and highly effective in preventing hospitalization and severe illness.

A federal judge in Texas has blocked US President Joe Biden's actions against COVID-19. The decision comes as the Biden administration's attempts to increase immunization rates.

The decision comes after the for businesses with 100 or more employees.

Judge Jeffrey Brown has ruled that Biden's executive order which required federal employees to be vaccinated violated the president's authority.

"It is... whether the president can, with the stroke of a pen and without Congress' input," Brown wrote. "That, under the current state of the law, as recently expressed by the Supreme Court, is a bridge too far."

In September, Biden recommended that the federal government's executive branch and its contractors get vaccinated against COVID-19. The deadline for getting vaccinated was November 22.

On Friday, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said 98 percent of federal workers were already vaccinated, according to CNBC. "We are confident in our legal authority here," he added.

The White House did not immediately respond to a request for additional comments.

More to come.

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