The Supreme Court late Wednesday agreed to hear legal challenges to two of the Biden administration’s Covid-19 vaccine mandates for large employers and health-care facilities.
The court, in an order, said that its consideration for requests to stay those mandates would be deferred until oral argument on Jan. 7.
There are two separate cases asking for such a stay.
The Supreme Court consolidated the applications of those cases, which were considered by Justice Brett Kavanaugh and Justice Samuel Alito, and both will be heard on Jan. 7.
Last week the 6th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals reinstated the mandate for large businesses, under which employers must require their workers to either get vaccinated or face weekly testing for Covid.
Shortly after the 6th Circuit ruling, the groups challenging the large business rule asked the Supreme Court to review the case. The group challenging the mandate include 27 states with Republican attorneys general or governors, private businesses, religious groups, and national industry associations such as the National Retail Federation, the American Trucking Associations and the National Federation of Independent Business.
-CNBC’s Kevin Breuninger contributed to this report