October 23, 2021

Justice Sonia Sotomayor denies request for emergency hearing before the Supreme Court about New York City teacher vaccine mandate

The Supreme Court said “goodbye” to a petition to hear a plea from a group of New York school teachers who are requesting that the New York City public school coronavirus vaccination mandate be rolled back. 

The group was looking for the nation’s high court to allow leniency for teachers who don’t with to participate in the medical treatment, which was an urgent issue for the state, according to The Hill

A request was filed on Thursday with Justice Sonia Sotomayor, who handles emergency matters arising from New York, after the group lost their appeal to the lower courts. 

The liberal Supreme Court justice unilaterally denied hearing the case, without comment as to why, and an attorney representing the teachers did not immediately respond to a request for comment from The Hill. 

Teachers in New York City, the nation’s largest public school system, are under the mandate beginning at 5 p.m. on Friday, following an order handed down by city officials in August. 

A similar request was sent to the Supreme Court by a group of students from Indiana University who wished to block their school’s requirement that the shot be taken by its students. Justice Amy Coney Barrett, who handles emergency matters from Indiana, denied their request to have the matter heard by the Supreme Court.

These two cases are reflective of frustration from across the nation over whether the federal, state or local governments are allowed to mandate the COVID-19 vaccination prior to participation in the workforce and/or government events and property.

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