The US Supreme Court Monday upheld New York’s right to impose a COVID vaccine mandate without any religious exemption.
At issue was the state’s vaccine mandate for health care workers that went into effect last August. The court heard two emergency challenges to the mandate, rejecting both. It’s the latest instance of the court refusing to intervene in state vaccine mandates. In October, the court refused to overturn a Maine mandate similar to New York’s. Today and in October, three conservative justices, Samuel Alito, Clarence Thomas and Neil Gorsuch expressed support for overturning the mandates.
Meanwhile, President Joe Biden’s executive order mandating vaccinations for workers in companies with 100 or more employers is being challenged in federal court. That case may also wind up before the Supreme Court.