General Electric says it won’t require vaccine after Supreme Court strikes down White House mandate

Company was originally requiring its 56,000 employees to get the shot or get tested.

Updated: January 15, 2022 - 10:10am

American corporation General Electric this week announced that it would no longer require its 56,000 employees to undergo either the COVID-19 vaccination or regular testing after the Supreme Court struck down the White House's employer vaccine mandate.

The company suspended its enforcement of that policy on Friday, one day after the court said the Biden administration could not force large U.S. companies to require vaccinations for their employees. 

President Joe Biden has urged companies to continue with their own personal mandates after his administration's own efforts were stymied by the Supreme Court. 

"The court has ruled that my administration cannot use the authority granted to it by Congress to require this measure," Biden said this week. "But that does not stop me from using my voice as president to advocate for employers to do the right thing to protect Americans' health and economy."