In what is considered an unusual move, the United States Supreme Court has fast-tracked two specific cases regarding President Biden’s efforts to expand vaccinations. The justices made the announcement Wednesday night that they will hear oral arguments on January 7th on two federal policies.

The two policies are: a vaccine-or-test mandate for workers at large employers and a vaccine mandate for health care workers at facilities that receive federal funding. Citizen Free Press reports “the cases came to the court last week on an emergency basis, and the formal question in both disputes is whether the government should be allowed to enforce the policies while litigation challenging them continues.”

The court’s decision to hear oral arguments instead of what is usually done which is “dispose of the requests with a brief order, as it normally does on the so-called ‘shadow docket” is perhaps a response to criticism the court has received for its increased use of the shadow docket lately for major policy disputes.

The 6th Circuit’s ruling revives the mandates and will remain until the Supreme Court acts. However, OSHA has indicated it will not issue citations for failure to comply until at least January 10 at the earliest.

Challengers have filed over a dozen requests asking the justices to block the 6th Circuit’s ruling. The two arguments that were awarded oral argument requests were filed by a group of trade associations and the other by a group of states, “on a highly expedited basis.”