The US Supreme Court says it will hold a special session early next month to hear challenges to Biden administration vaccine mandates.
News 10 NBC reports the high court announced it will hold a special session January 7th. The court had not been scheduled to hold a session until January 10th. A three-judge panel of the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Friday that a “vaccine or test” policy could take effect as scheduled. That policy could affect as many as 84 million American workers. A number of Republican-led states and conservative organizations had challenged the requirement.
The second case covers vaccine requirements for health care workers. That rule required health care workers to receive a first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine by December 4th and to be fully vaccinated by January 4th. Rulings by three federal judges have stopped that mandate from taking effect in about 25 states.
The upcoming sessions will not be open to the public. Lawyers arguing the cases and media covering them must have negative COVID tests. The nine justices are said to be fully vaccinated.