January 26, 2022

Supreme Court denies effort to stop vaccine mandate for NY health workers

The Supreme Court rejected a move to block New York’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate for health workers on Monday.

The legal move sought relief from the requirement based on the First Amendment as the state’s mandate does not include a religious exemption.

The group of 20 doctors and nurses sought a temporary injunction. However, the justice covering the region, Justice Sonia Sotomayor, opposed the move.

Three justices in the order said they would have granted the request for religious exemptions.

“Justices Clarence Thomas, Neil Gorsuch and Samuel Alito — three of the court’s six-member conservative majority — said in the order that they would have granted the bid to block the mandate,” CNBC reported.

“The rule’s medical exemption is tightly constrained in both scope and duration,” New York Attorney General Letitia James argued, “and it serves rather than undermines the rule’s objective of protecting the health of healthcare workers.”

The state’s battle may be lost, but numerous other attempts to block vaccine mandates continue. The government overreach in the area of personal health issues continues to be a controversial move among many Americans.

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