Supreme Court declines to strike down Maine COVID-19 Vaccine

The United States Supreme Court decided on Tuesday that it will not strike down the the COVID-19 vaccine mandates in public health requirements, according to a report in Newsweek.

During the consideration of the action Associate Justice Stephen Breyer, who is the oldest sitting liberal member of the court, said that the court is unwilling to strike down the mandate meant to be implemented in Maine which was brought with a religious challenge before the nation’s high court.

Members of the healthcare community bought a case through the court system due to their objection to getting vaccinated on religious grounds and went so far as to make an emergency appeal for an exemption after they were dismissed by the 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

“The Maine mandate opponents had sought to block the requirement but a federal court rejected their challenge on October 13 and they appealed to the 1st Circuit where a three-judge panel declined to grant emergency relief,” Newsweek reported.

Breyer, who oversees emergency appeals from the 1st Circuit, choose on behalf of the court to not allow the case to come before his fellow justices for a hearing that could have damaged the vaccination mandate in the far northern state:

His brief order said: “The application is denied without prejudice to applicants filing a new application after the Court of Appeals issues a decision on the merits of the appeal, or if the Court of Appeals does not issue a decision by October 29, 2021.”

The upcoming mandate will go into effect on October 29 if there is no other intervention.

This makes the third time that the Supreme Court has ruled against hearing appeals on the COVID-19 vaccine mandates this year, and the denials for the hearings have come from both conservative and liberal justices.

Associate Justice Sonia Sotomayor, a fellow liberal, turned down the opportunity to block a vaccine mandate for New York public school teachers early in October and Associate Justice Amy Coney Barrett, the newest justice and a conservative, choose not to allow an Indiana State University appeal to come before the court in August of this year.