Supreme Court declines religious challenge to N.Y. vaccine mandate for health care workers

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The Supreme Court declined Monday to block New York’s vaccine mandate for health care workers — one that has an exception for medical reasons but none for religious objections.

The court denied a request for a temporary order to block the requirement while lawsuits against it proceed. The denial came in a one-sentence order with no explanation, which is the normal procedure when such a request is denied.

Conservative Justices Clarence Thomas, Samuel Alito and Neil Gorsuch said the court should have issued an injunction to block enforcement of the mandate.

When New York announced the requirement in August, it contained exemptions for both medical and religious reasons. But the state later revised it to remove the ability to receive an exception on religious grounds.

A group of doctors and nurses sued, but lower federal courts declined to block the mandate.

In a 14-page dissent, joined by Alito, Gorsuch said the record in the case “practically exudes suspicion of those who hold unpopular religious beliefs.” He said the state failed to show that accommodating the religious objectors would make any meaningful difference in protecting public health.

Since August, the court has turned down other challenges to vaccine mandates from students at Indiana University, teachers in New York, and health care workers in Maine and Massachusetts.

2 thoughts on “Supreme Court declines religious challenge to N.Y. vaccine mandate for health care workers

  1. In violation of the 9th Article of the absolute superior law for the united states of the Americas.
    This rogue communist committee has blatantly violated the 1st Article of our people’s Bill of Rights and hence has committed high treason and sedition.
    They do not have, nor ever have had the authority to interpret or regulate so much as one f-king word of our Bill of Rights.
    They have declared war on the American people as surely as King George III did when he brought his admiralty courts to our shores.
    Bring it the f-k on, you mother f-kers. We will see who is the ruler and who is the ruled.

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