To the editor: The highly contagious Omicron variant has confirmed and made clearer the lesson we learned during the COVID-19 pandemic — that if safeguards are ignored by employers in an effort to keep their businesses fully operating, it will eventually result in their workers and customers falling ill and being unable to work or patronize them. It ultimately works against them. (“Supreme Court blocks Biden’s vaccine mandate for the workplace,” Jan. 13)
We also know that the more the virus is allowed to run rampant, the more likely it is that new, more dangerous variants will emerge and spread. Businesses that don’t want to require vaccines or take other precautions are choosing a short-term solution that results in greater long-term losses.
The U.S. Supreme Court justices who dissented from the majority decision to strike down most of President Biden’s workplace vaccination rules got it right. The court’s opinion prevents the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration from implementing measures that help protect workers from the deadliest threat in a century.
By siding with businesses focused on short-term problems, the court’s majority has assured that the pandemic and the economic consequences will be prolonged. It has also likely guaranteed that more people will needlessly die from COVID-19.
Source : https://www.latimes.com/opinion/letters-to-the-editor/story/2022-01-15/supreme-court-vaccine-ruling-covid-19238