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Court Extends Stay on OSHA Vaccine Mandate - Might Now Target Flyers
Vaccine Requirement for Airline Flyers Is Coming; Now Might Help Biden
This action makes it unlikely that the OSHA requirement would take effect on the intended date of January 4th, or perhaps even for months thereafter, considering the delays which usually accompany obtaining relief from the U.S. Supreme Court.
Since this halts, at least for now and perhaps indefinitely, Biden's most potent mechanism for persuading people to be vaccinated, this would be an ideal time for him to announce what is probably inevitable anyway, and which some of his Covid advisors have already endorsed - requiring passengers desiring to fly, internationally and also probably domestically, to have at least one shot.
That's a proposal by public interest law professor John Banzhaf, who suggests that such a transportation rule - which could be adopted quickly, and would be less subject to legal challenges - would likely persuade millions to give up their objection to a Covid vaccination, just as his success in getting smoking bans on airplanes persuaded millions of diehard smokers to give up their objection to quitting so they could continue to travel by air.
As Banzhaf recently noted, the announcement that the U.S. has just eliminated travel bans on visitors from foreign countries, but will require these flyers to be vaccinated, suggests that vaccination may also soon be required of U.S. citizens who fly to or from the U.S., and possibly even on domestic flights, says Banzhaf, whose earlier suggestions to Biden's Covid advisors are now in effect.