The U.S. Supreme Court declined to block Maine’s vaccination mandate for health care workers seeking religious exemptions.
— Reuters (@Reuters) October 29, 2021
The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday turned away healthcare workers seeking a religious exemption to Maine’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate in the latest battle over vaccination to reach the justices.
The court rejected a request made by nine unnamed plaintiffs who identified themselves as healthcare workers who object to receiving the shots on religious grounds.
The court previously rejected challenges to vaccine mandates in New York and Indiana, though those cases did not involve religious objections.
Following the 6-3 decision, Justice Neil Gorsuch issued a dissenting opinion joined by fellow conservative Justices Clarence Thomas and Samuel Alito.
BREAKING: By a 6-3 vote, the Supreme Court rejects a challenge to Maine's COVID-19 vaccine mandate for health care workers. The challengers complained that the mandate lacks religious exemptions. Thomas, Alito, & Gorsuch dissent.https://t.co/h0xz8BVhl4
— SCOTUSblog (@SCOTUSblog) October 29, 2021