Oct 1 (Reuters) – U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor on Friday refused to block New York City’s requirement that its public school teachers and employees be vaccinated against COVID-19.
Sotomayor denied a challenge by a group of four teachers and teaching assistants who sought to halt the vaccine mandate while litigation over the dispute continues in lower courts. Public school system workers were ordered to be vaccinated by 5 p.m. EDT (2100 GMT) on Oct. 1 or face being placed on unpaid leave until September 2022.
Sotomayor rejected the emergency request without offering an explanation or referring the matter to the full nine-member court for review. The decision mirrored one by Justice Amy Coney Barrett in August denying a bid by students at Indiana University to block that school’s vaccine mandate.