(RepublicanDaily.org) – One of the most contentious elements of the debate around vaccine mandates has been the question of exemptions. Many people have protested that medical or religious reasons should exempt them from getting the jab, but some local and state governments have rejected that argument. This battle is currently playing out in New York City.
Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor initially rejected an appeal by 15 public school teachers against the city’s vaccine mandate earlier in February – the same day municipal employees had to get vaccinated or face termination. Sotomayor has jurisdiction over lower courts in New York.
However, the applicants subsequently submitted another appeal for the attention of Justice Neil Gorsuch, an appointee of former President Donald Trump. Gorsuch decided that the entire Supreme Court should hear the appeal. If the appeal is successful, the appellants (and others in their position) may be able to exercise religious exemptions in order to stay at work while remaining unvaccinated.
SCOTUS says it will review a challenge to NYC's vax mandate from a group of public school teachers who say the city violated their religious freedom by refusing to accept their exemption petitions https://t.co/VXD6QQDuhq
— Liberty Justice Center (@LJCenter) February 17, 2022
By and large, the Supreme Court has supported the right of states and municipalities to institute vaccine mandates since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. However, it has rejected attempts by the Biden administration to introduce larger-scale requirements at the federal level.
What do you think the outcome of this appeal should be?
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