(Reuters) – U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor on Thursday rejected a bid to prevent New York City from enforcing its COVID-19 vaccine mandate for municipal workers against a group of teachers, firefighters and others who challenged the policy.
The court rejected an emergency request, received by the court on November 4, to block the policy by individual municipal workers, as well as a group called New Yorkers For Religious Liberty, while their appeal of lower court rulings supporting the city continues.
The plaintiffs — firefighters, building inspectors, police officers, emergency medical technicians, teachers, sanitation workers and others — are represented by the conservative religious freedom group Alliance Defending Freedom.
Sotomayor, who is the judge appointed by the court to act on emergency cases arising from New York and some other states, has repeatedly rejected challenges to New York City̵7;s vaccine mandate, including by a police detective in August and public school teachers and aides last year .
The court as a whole declined in June to take up a religious challenge to New York state’s vaccine mandate for health care workers.