Supreme Court Again Denies NYC Teachers’ Appeal on Vaccine Mandate

The U.S. Supreme Court denied an emergency appeal on Friday from a group of New York City public school teachers seeking to block a vaccine mandate for employees not given a religious exemption, NBC News reported.

Justice Sonia Sotomayor, who oversees the region where the appeal was filed, rejected the appeal without providing a reason. In October of last year, she rejected a similar appeal by the group without comment as well.

Public school employees have been told they will be fired if they do not either get the vaccine by Monday or waive their legal rights to pursue a challenge, according to ABC News.

The teachers sought an emergency injunction to counter the closely arriving Feb. 14 date, arguing that their religious freedoms were violated because the city considers certain criteria for religious exemptions, according to the emergency appeal, NBC News reported.

Last month, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled against the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate or weekly test requirement for businesses with at least 100 employees, Forbes reported at the time.

At the same time, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld a Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services regulation that mandates COVID vaccines for healthcare workers.

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