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AG Wilson takes vaccine mandate to U.S. Supreme Court

South Carolina’s attorney general asked the U.S. Supreme Court Saturday to stop President Joe Biden’s workplace vaccine requirement from taking effect in the Palmetto State.

The decision comes after a federal appeals court on Friday rules 2-1 that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) can mandate vaccines or have workers undergo weekly COVID testing within companies with more than 100 employees.

“The fight against the Biden mandate continues, even to filing for a stay in the early hours of this morning,” Wilson said. “The rule of law will prevail and the president’s grasp for power halted.”

Wilson wrote in the filing that he’s not arguing the effectiveness of vaccines but that OSHA does not have the authority to require them.

Latest COVID-19 data

South Carolina health officials reported 1,092 total cases of COVID-19 Dec. 20, with 817 confirmed. 1 new death, was also confirmed.

Over the weekend, DHEC confirmed 1,769 new cases, with 929 confirmed Saturday, and 840 confirmed Sunday. total of 30 new deaths were also confirmed over the weekend, with 3 deaths confirmed Saturday, and 27 confirmed Sunday.

With 17,789 tests reported Monday, 6.6% were confirmed positive.

Percentage of S.C. residents age 12+ with at least one vaccine: 64.4%
Percentage of of S.C. residents age 12+ who have completed vaccination: 55.9%
Percentage of S.C. residents age 5-11 with at least one vaccine: 10.7%
Percentage of S.C. residents age 5-11 who have completed vaccination: 5.9%