Jan 14, 2022 8:55 PM

Mosaic Life Care CEO pleased with Supreme Court vaccine ruling

Posted Jan 14, 2022 8:55 PM
Dr. Mark Laney/file photo
Dr. Mark Laney/file photo

By BRENT MARTIN

St. Joseph Post

Mosaic Life Care CEO, Dr. Mark Laney, is pleased the United States Supreme Court upheld the Biden Administration requirement that health care workers be vaccinated against COVID-19.

While the court struck down the administration’s mandate that businesses require vaccination, it upheld the rule requiring medical facilities that receive federal funds mandate workers be vaccinated.

Laney welcomes the ruling.

“This is consistent with what we have been talking about. It’s consistent with the actions,” Laney tells reporters during a news briefing. “Our main reason in mandating was to make sure that we provide the best and safest care to our patients. CMS is given authority over hospitals to ensure safety of patients and that is why the mandate held on the health care side.”

Prior to the Biden Administration mandate, Mosaic had issued its own mandate, telling its workers they had to be vaccinated to continue working there, unless they were given a medical or religious exemption.

“We’re pleased with our own actions,” Laney says. “We feel like we’ve done the right and moral thing and that has been vindicated by the Supreme Court.”

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration, under orders from President Joe Biden, issued a requirement that all businesses with more than 100 employees require their employees to get a vaccine or test regularly and wear a mask on the job.

The Supreme Court ruled the administration overstepped its authority by seeking to impose the vaccine-or-test rule.

“It only makes sense that we would require COVID immunizations,” Laney says. “I’m not surprised at all that it was overturned on the OSHA business side of things. That was probably a bit too stretchy for many folks and probably was considered a burden, especially to small business.”

Laney says Mosaic had widespread compliance with its rule and lost very few employees due to its vaccine mandate.