A federal appeals court temporarily blocked a Covid-19 jab mandate that would force all California prison workers to get the experimental shot.

The temporary stay of a lower court’s September ruling was issued Friday by a panel on the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in response to a request to stall the rule, and will remain in place pending an appeal. Fox News reported that the court’s decision last week “also sped up the hearing process by setting a Dec. 13 deadline for opening briefs.”

Initially set to go into effect January 12, the mandate’s enforcement will now be pushed off until at least March when an appeal hearing is set to take place.

The move by the circuit court to stall enforcement of the requirement came after California’s pro-lockdown Democrat Gov. Gavin Newsom acted to help the California Correctional Peace Officers Association fight the requirement, which would have seen all 28,000 of its officers forced to get the experimental injection unless they obtained an approved religious or medical exemption.

The correctional officers had argued in May that “[m]andating universal vaccination of staff … seems at odds with the dramatic reduction in Covid-19 infection rates within the prisons, and throughout the State generally, in recent months.”

The union has surprisingly garnered the support of Gov. Newsom in its battle for the medical freedoms of its members.

While enacting mandates for vast swaths of the California population, Newsom has spent months helping the association buck the mandate for its prison workers, an apparent contradiction that has raised eyebrows.

In October, the governor asked a federal judge to pause the rule, arguing that a significant number of correctional officers would rather quit than comply with the mandate, potentially causing a serious shortfall of crucial personnel….

Critics have pointed out that the prison workers helped finance Newsom’s recall election win with a massive $1.75 million campaign donation in July, opting to back the embattled governor after his administration doled out $5,000 in pandemic bonuses and raises for its officers….

The above comes from a Nov. 29 story in LifeSiteNews.