Supreme Court Declines Religious Vaccine Exemption

NY healthcare workers had argued for First Amendment religious freedom. 

The United States Supreme Court declined to block New York’s coronavirus vaccine mandate for healthcare workers, which does not allow for religious exemptions. A group of healthcare workers had sued the state arguing the mandate violated their First Amendment religious freedoms. 

The initial requirement for healthcare workers under then Governor Andrew Cuomo included religious exemptions, but Governor Kathy Hocul did away with the exemptions in an updated mandate after she took office. 

A federal district judge ruled that New York must allow religious exemptions, but the Second Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the mandate, and the Supreme Court has denied an injunction to block it. The Supreme Court’s decision was unsigned and made without comment. Justices Samuel Alito, Clarence Thomas, and Neil Gorsuch dissented. 

As the Lord Leads, Pray with Us…

  • For the Supreme Court justices as they deliberate which cases to hear.
  • For the district court judges hearing challenges to vaccine mandates.
  • For the president and administration as they determine federal health policies.

Sources: Axios, NY Times,  Just The News 


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