Department of Justice Declares COVID-19 Vaccine Mandates Legal

The Department of Justice concluded in an opinion that federal law doesn’t prohibit public agencies and private businesses from requiring COVID-19 vaccines (made by made by Moderna, Pfizer, and Johnson & Johnson) under the Food and Drug Administration’s emergency use authorization. Amid reports of an increase in “Delta” variant cases, authorities in France and Italy have recently introduced vaccine passport-type systems for entering private businesses, including restaurants, gyms, theaters, and more, a move that triggered widespread demonstrations across Europe over the weekend.

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