A critical question hovers over SCOTUS decision on COVID-19 vaccine mandate: What if unvaccinated workers can’t find tests?

A critical question hovers over SCOTUS decision on COVID-19 vaccine mandate: What if unvaccinated workers can't find tests?

The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday will consider whether to halt a federal rule that would require businesses to ensure their employees are vaccinated against COVID-19 or get tested every week if they remain unvaccinated.

The case comes to the court during the omicron variant surge, when the wait for COVID-19 tests can sometimes drag for hours, snarling traffic and clogging sidewalks. Test result turnaround times are rising, just like the price on quick selling over-the-counter tests sold by some major retailers.

And that’s all happening before the increased demand in testing that could come after the court weighs in on the regulations from the Labor Department’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration. The vaccine-or-test rule would affect an estimated 84 million private sector workers at businesses with at least 100 people on the payroll.

The regulations’ opponents — including business groups and Republican-leaning…

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