A U.S. District Court judge blocked President Joe Biden’s attempt to impose a vax mandate on healthcare workers across ten states, including Alaska. The injunction was hailed as victory for the states that sued to block the coercive measure.

Plaintiffs argued that the mandate was unconstitutional under the 10th amendment, while also violating several other federal laws.

“Millions of Americans are welcoming the federal court’s decision to pause an unconstitutional action by the Biden Administration that is really the definition of federal overreach,” Gov. Mike Dunleavy stated on Nov. 29. “My administration will continue to fight for the right of all Alaskans to make their own choices about medical care without unnecessary intrusion from the government.”

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) had ordered many healthcare providers to force their employees to take the COVID jabs or else risk losing federal Medicare and Medicaid funding. The mandate required nearly every employee, volunteer, and third-party contractor to get their first COVID injection before Dec. 6. The mandate would have impacted some 10.3 million Americans.

“The federal government’s strong-arm tactics could have severe impacts on our already stretched health care system, especially in rural Alaska,” said State Attorney General Treg Taylor. “This kind of overreach into the personal, medical freedoms of the people of Alaska couldn’t go unchallenged. We will continue working to stop these unconstitutional mandates, whether for our healthcare workers, federal contractors or private employers.”

In issuing his ruling, U.S. District Court Judge Matthew Schelp said CMS does not have the legal authority to enact a large-scale vaccine mandate on hospital workers. He wrote that the plaintiffs are “likely to succeed in their argument” because “Congress did not clearly authorize CMS to enact this politically and economically vast, federalism-altering, and boundary-pushing mandate, which Supreme Court precedent requires.”

The court ruling is only applicable in Alaska and the nine other states participating in the suit. It is a temporary measure as the court case makes its way through the legal system.

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Court sides with Alaska, 9 other states, in blocking Biden vax mandate for health care workers

Joel Davidson
Joel is Editor-in-Chief of the Alaska Watchman. Joel is an award winning journalist and has been reporting for over 24 years, He is a proud father of 8 children, and lives in Palmer, Alaska.


  • Neil DeWitt says:

    Well something good finally. Thank you for sharing this. I’m sure a lot of people in Alaska are breathing easy at least for now.

  • hj says:

    Biden mandating vaccines?
    Let’s mandate that Biden take a cognitive test.

  • Yetitrax says:

    The ruling blocks the Biden mandate. It doesn’t impact the corporate health care system making their own mandate for our health care workers.
    If you want the experimental shot, do your research and take it.
    If you’re not interested, nobody should force you to take it.
    This, just like race, religion, sexual preference along with many other things is being used as a wedge to keep us separated and not paying attention to what is really at play.
    Folks, if we don’t come together on these issues we will lose our country.
    If we don’t take a stand and say no, enough already, we will lose our country.

  • Proud Alaskan says:

    Remember it’s my body my choice
    About time, standing tall gov

  • Andrew says:

    Worst president ever.

  • Brandon says:

    I thought he claimed he wasn’t a dictator… huh.
    Looks like he is really trying.

  • Steve P Peterson says:

    Getting close to gubenatorial election time. But hey, good job regardless.

  • Greg in Homer says:

    A big thank you to Governor Dunleavy and the attorney general for joining this court action and winning the case in court. This is a big victory against tyranny. Excellent news!

  • John J. Otness says:

    Great. job. judge,,,, Dunleavy just tested the political wind as he and Franklin JESUS-would-take-the-jab Graham have pushed this poison from the beginning. Vote Kurka not a windsock.

  • jon says:

    wrong, wrong, wrong. Our healthcare workers need to keep people safe.

    • Karl says:

      Safe? Two points:
      1. The “vaccine” does not prevent transmission or contraction of the virus. It merely reduces your personal chance of hospitalization and death.
      2. Those who would give up essential liberty, for a bit of temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety.
      10 bucks if you know who I’m quoting. No Googling it! 😉