SHERMAN, Texas (KTEN) — Some Texoma businesses say they lost workers who declined to comply with a COVID-19 vaccination mandate issued by the Biden administration and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

But on Thursday, the U.S. Supreme Court blocked the mandate targeting companies with more than 100 employees, saying OSHA had overstepped its authority.

"This was one that was really concerning for us, because it required our folks to either be vaccinated or they wouldn't have a job," said Douglass Distributing president Brad Douglass.

He said his Sherman-based business would have suffered if the mandate had been allowed to stand.

"We would have had to follow OSHA's mandate, and then there would have been people in our organization that would have left," Douglass said. "So we would have lost team members at a time we need them the most."

Douglass Distributing is currently operating without several employees who have tested positive for COVID-19.

"I think it's about a third of ours have not been vaccinated that are out," Douglass said. "The other two-thirds, in fact, have either one or both of the vaccines, and they're out with mild symptoms recovering at home."

Now it is up to businesses and state regulators to decide on any COVID masking or vaccine mandates.

The Supreme Court ruled Thursday that mandates for certain health care workers issued by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services will remain in effect.