The Supreme Court rejected a request by healthcare professionals to avoid a vaccine mandate.
The court refused to prevent Maine from requiring vaccination from those with religious exceptions.
Judges John Roberts, Brett Kavanaugh and Amy Coney Barrett sided with the liberal judges.
V decision making On Friday, the Supreme Court refused to prevent Maine from requesting vaccination powers for health workers who oppose it for religious reasons.
Maine requires that all health care providers fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and gives no religious exceptions.
A group of health professionals required an urgent order from the Supreme Court, which would block the request for those with religious objections.
The court voted 6 to 3, with conservative judges John Roberts and Trump appointed Brett Kavanaugh and Amy Coney Barrett on the side of the liberal judges.
The majority did not give a reason for the decision, but Conservative Judge Neil Gorsuch, joined by Judges Clarence Thomas and Samuel Alito, issued long disagreement.
“Contrary to comparable rules in most other countries, the Maine rule contains no exceptions for those whose sincere religious beliefs prevent them from accepting vaccination,” Gorsuch wrote, adding that health professionals seeking relief from the rule served on the front lines around the world. pandemic.
“However, when the new Maine rule came into force, one of the complainants had already lost her job because she refused to betray her faith; the other risked the imminent loss of medical practice,” he continued.
Barrett, joined by Kavanaugh va unanimous opinion, briefly commented on its decision to block the request and noted the fact that the case was initiated on shadow leaf, or as an urgent appeal. Shadow matters do not involve oral arguments or full judgments that are part of common cases.
Barrett said the shadow design should not be applied to such a case and that the court should not make that decision “briefly without the benefit of full information and oral arguments”, meaning it could vote differently with Kavanaugh if the case would have come sooner. court in a different way.
Maine has been demanding that healthcare professionals receive certain vaccinations for decades. In 2019, before the pandemic, a state law abolished religious and philosophical exceptions. The law, which went into effect in September this year, was passed after it was backed by 73 percent of Maine voters in a referendum. The New York Times.
In August, Barrett also rejected an application for blocks a request for a vaccine from Indiana University for students, although she did not state a reason. However, she took the decision without consulting other judges, as judges can do so in emergencies, which shows that she does not think there is much legal justification for the request.
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