Supreme Court Justice Amy Coney Barrett denied a request by Indiana University students to block the school’s COVID-19 vaccine requirement.
The most-recent court appointee, Barrett turned down the request without a full review of the court. Eight students had appealed after being turned down at the lower court level.
BREAKING: The Supreme Court refuses grant Indiana University students’ request to block the school’s vaccine mandate. Justice Amy Coney Barrett rejected the request without referring it to the full court. https://t.co/j6ftPBimz4
— SCOTUSblog (@SCOTUSblog) August 12, 2021
Fox News reported, “A three-judge federal appeals court panel, including two judges appointed by former President Donald Trump, was one of two lower courts to side with Indiana University and allow it to require vaccinations.”
It added, “The plan announced in May requires roughly 90,000 students and 40,000 employees on seven campuses to receive COVID-19 vaccinations for the fall semester.”
BREAKING: Justice Barrett denies emergency injunction request from Indiana Univ students challenging the school’s vaccine mandate. She could have referred the matter to the full Court, but acted alone and denied the request. #SCOTUS
— Shannon Bream (@ShannonBream) August 12, 2021
The ruling angered many conservatives, who expected a different response from the Trump-nominated conservative on the court. Many conservatives believe required vaccines are government overreach.
The ruling will also likely encourage other universities to move forward with vaccine requirements. If so, the college campus will become another battlefield over the issue of required vaccines.