Supreme Court rules against hearing New York healthcare worker vaccine mandate petition

The Supreme Court of the United States ruled on Monday that they would not hear a case out of New York that is in opposition to a vaccine regulation, according to Fox News

This case was brought against the New York regulation that requires health care workers to get a COVID-19 vaccine and disregards possible religious exemptions

“The vaccine mandate for health care workers, which went into effect in August, allows only for medical exemptions but not religious ones,” Fox reported. 

“The Supreme Court turned away two applications from doctors and nurses in the state for injunctive relief to allow religious exemptions while litigation continues in the lower courts over the mandate’s constitutionality.”

While the majority ruled against hearing the case, Justices Clarence Thomas, Samuel Alito, and Neil Gorsuch dissented to the decision to hear the case. 

In Gorsuch’s desert, he wrote that the mandate turns away the same doctors and nurses that the state leaned so heavily on throughout the first year of the pandemic, and up to today:

“We do all this even though the State’s execu­tive decree clearly interferes with the free exercise of reli­gion—and does so seemingly based on nothing more than fear and anger at those who harbor unpopular religious be­liefs,” Gorsuch wrote. 

“We allow the State to insist on the dismissal of thou­sands of medical workers—the very same individuals New York has depended on and praised for their service on the pandemic’s front lines over the last 21 months,” he continued.

“To add in­sult to injury, we allow the State to deny these individuals unemployment benefits too. One can only hope today’s rul­ing will not be the final chapter in this grim story.”