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The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday shut down a challenge to Maine’s China Virus vaccine mandate for healthcare workers. In Maine, healthcare workers are required to be vaccinated against an array of diseases.
Maine Governor Janet Mills required that all healthcare workers in the state be fully vaccinated. Maine removed religious exemptions from mandated vaccines in 2019 – before the pandemic – because of falling vaccination rates.
Chief Justice John Roberts, and Associate Justices Amy Coney Barrett and Brett Kavanaugh voted with the liberal minority in a 6-3 ruling.
Justice Neal Gorsuch wrote the dissenting opinion.
“Maine has so far failed to present any evidence that granting religious exemptions to the applicants would threaten its stated public health interests any more than its medical exemption already does,” Gorsuch wrote. “This case presents an important constitutional question, a serious error, and an irreparable injury. Where many other States have adopted religious exemptions, Maine has charted a different course. There, healthcare workers who have served on the front line of a pandemic for the last 18 months are now being fired and their practices shuttered. All for adhering to their constitutionally protected religious beliefs. Their plight is worthy of our attention.”
BREAKING: By a 6-3 vote, the Supreme Court rejects a challenge to Maine's COVID-19 vaccine mandate for health care workers. The challengers complained that the mandate lacks religious exemptions. Thomas, Alito, & Gorsuch dissent.https://t.co/h0xz8BVhl4— SCOTUSblog (@SCOTUSblog) October 29, 2021