Monday, October 18, 2021

Supreme Court Justice Denies Appeal to Block Vaccine Mandate for New York School Staff

Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor on Friday denied an emergency request filed by a group of teachers to block a New York City school’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate.

Four teachers filed for an injunction with Sotomayor on Thursday, seeking to stop the mandate from taking effect on Friday.

Sotomayor, an Obama nominee who oversees emergency requests from New York, declined the teachers’ petition (PDF) without comment. It did not refer the matter to a full 9-member court for review.

The decision effectively allows the mandate to proceed.

“We are disappointed, but will continue to fight for our clients due process and similar ones,” teachers’ lawyer Vinoo Varghese said in an email.

The city’s vaccine mandate requires public school workers to be vaccinated against COVID-19 by 5 p.m. Friday. Otherwise, they will be placed on unpaid leave until September 2022, unless they are approved for a religious or medical exemption.

COVID-19 is caused by the CCP (Communist Party of China) virus, also known as the Novel Coronavirus.

New York teachers filed a proposed class-action lawsuit in Brooklyn federal court last month, arguing that compulsory vaccinations violate their rights to due process and equal protections under the law, citing the 14th Amendment to the US Constitution. violates.

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The teachers argued that the mandate interferes with their freedom to work in their profession and discriminates against them because other municipal workers who do not work for schools are left out of the vaccine through weekly COVID-19 tests. can.

The teachers appealed to the Supreme Court after the Manhattan-based Second US Circuit Court of Appeals denied their case on Monday. The panel did not explain its decision, which last week overturned a federal judge’s decision to block the vaccine mandate.

Reuters and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Mimi Nguyen Lai is a reporter based in Australia. She covers world news, focusing on American news. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Optometry and Vision Science from the University of New South Wales. Contact him at mimi.nl@epochtimes.com.

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