US Supreme Court rejects request to repeal vaccinations in Maine

A US Supreme Court judge on October 19 rejected a petition by health workers in the state of Maine to repeal the mandatory requirement for COVID-19 vaccination.

A nurse administers a COVID-19 vaccine to a nurse at Long Island Medical Center in New York, USA. Photo documentary: THX
A nurse administers a COVID-19 vaccine to a nurse at Long Island Medical Center in New York, USA. Photo: THX

This regulation is expected to come into effect from October 29, according to which all health workers in the state will have to be fully vaccinated. Several Maine health care workers and providers have sued Maine Governor Janet Mills and several state government officials, alleging the regulation infringed on the state's right to religious freedom. They are enshrined in the Constitution. They also asked the court to temporarily postpone the application of the above provision pending the hearing of the case.

Last week, the federal District Court in Maine also ruled that the regulation does not violate the right to religious freedom of health care workers. According to the ruling, the health workers were unable to prove that the regulation interfered with their rights, which prompted them to refuse to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.

Also related to vaccination requirements, the Wall Street Journal on the same day reported that New York City will make a rule that all public service employees in the city must be vaccinated against COVID-19.

According to the newspaper, New York Mayor Bill de Blasio planned to announce the regulation, and set the deadline for employees to get their first injections on October 29, or they would lose their jobs.

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