Supreme Court Won’t Hear COVID-19 Vaccine Mandate Challenge From NYC Teachers

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The U.S. Supreme Court refused on April 18 to hear a New York City vaccine mandate challenge from teachers, meaning the mandate will be allowed to stand.

The nation’s high court rejected the case (pdf) without comment and provided no indication that any of the justices would take it.

The four teachers, who said the COVID-19-related rule violated their right to keep their profession, took their appeal to the Supreme Court after a lower court left the city’s mandate in place. Those teachers previously asked Justice Sonia Sotomayor, who oversees the state, to provide relief that would block the mandate from taking effect, which Sotomayor rejected.

Under the mandate, all city Department of Education employees who didn’t comply with getting the vaccine by Oct. 1, 2021, would be suspended without pay for up to one year. But the teachers argued that the rule violated their due process rights and blocked them from practicing their profession because the city’s Department of Education is the only agency in the city that publicly hires teachers.

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