Judge blocks Biden’s vaccine mandate for 35 Navy SEALs who declined COVID-19 vaccine

Navy SEALs were offered a positive verdict from District Judge Reed O’Connor following a suit about their refusal to get vaccinated on religious grounds. 

According to The Washington Examiner a preliminary injunction was put into place by O’Connor on Monday after 35 unnamed Navy SEALs sued the Biden Administration in November.

The group alleged that they received disciplinary measures for attempting to obtain a religious exemption to the COVID-19 vaccination, which has had a negative impact on their careers.

“The Navy service members, in this case, seek to vindicate the very freedoms they have sacrificed so much to protect,” O’Connor wrote in a filing on Monday.

“The COVID-19 pandemic provides the government no license to abrogate those freedoms. There is no COVID-19 exception to the First Amendment. There is no military exclusion from our Constitution.”

Secretary Lloyd Austin’s vaccination mandate is the issue at the center of the lawsuit with questions swirling as to whether Austin has the authority to give the order for the mandate.

The secretary gave each branch of the military the power to come up with their own vaccine policies, which has been brought into question in recent weeks.

“The SEALs allege that they faced a range of disciplinary measures, including being administratively separated from vaccinated colleagues or dismissed, the initial lawsuit claims,” the Examiner reported.

The military members were opposed to the vaccines that are believed to have aborted fetal cells used for development and cited their belief that “modifying one’s body is an affront to the Creator,” and “direct, divine instruction not to receive the vaccine,” the ruling states.