The governor Peter Pierluisi affirmed this afternoon that Puerto Rico just isn’t affected by the blockade issued on Thursday by the United States Supreme Court about an order by President Joe Biden requiring workers of companies with 100 or extra workers to get vaccinated in opposition to the COVID-19 or to submit unfavorable checks weekly.
The blockade doesn’t indicate a closing resolution, however quite suspends Biden’s govt order whereas the controversies initiated in judicial boards of decrease jurisdiction are resolved.
In a conservative majority opinion, the Supreme Court concluded that the US authorities overstepped its authority by making an attempt to impose the vaccine or take a look at rule on US firms with no less than 100 workers by way of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).
“The decisions ruled yesterday by the Federal Supreme Court do not affect the vaccination mandates in Puerto Rico issued through executive orders. On the contrary, they remain in full force.”, expressed the executive in written statements.
“On the other hand, in Puerto Rico, statutes such as the ‘Puerto Rico Department of Security Act’ and the ‘Organic Law of the Department of Health,’ expressly confer on the Government of Puerto Rico the power to issue different measures and orders to address a state emergency and a public health situation such as a pandemic. This includes vaccination mandates for different sectors of the population,” Pierluisi added.
Article 5.10 of the Puerto Rico Department of Public Safety Act (20-2017) establishes that during an emergency or disaster situation, the executive of the Government of Puerto Rico “could subject, amend and revoke these laws and subject, amend and rescind these orders that it deems applicable to manipulate in the course of the state of emergency or catastrophe. The laws issued or orders issued throughout a state of emergency or catastrophe shall have the pressure of regulation in the course of stated state of emergency or catastrophe.”.
In this case, Puerto Rico has been beneath a state of emergency on account of COVID-19 since former Governor Wanda Vázquez signed the declaration in March 2020.
On the opposite hand, Although the Supreme Court blocked the order that pressured massive firms to vaccinate their workers, it upheld the mandate that requires all employees in federally funded medical establishments to be immunized in opposition to the virus.. Regarding stated dedication, Pierluisi identified that the choice of the best judicial discussion board validates the executive orders that Secretary Carlos Mellado has issued for the general public well being element.
“The second determination of the Federal Supreme Court validated the authority of the federal Secretary of Health to issue a COVID-19 vaccination mandate to health employees in participating Medicare and Medicaid facilities, subject only to exceptions for medical and religious reasons” stated the governor.
“The decision of the Federal Supreme Court recognized the scientific information on which the mandate was based, that the vaccine is an adequate means to prevent infection and transmission of the virus, the reasonableness of the measure, among other important issues of these mandates” , he added.