WASHINGTON – The Supreme Court on Friday declined to block New York City's requirement that public school teachers receive COVID-19 vaccinations, marking the second time the nation's high court has declined to wade into the issue.
A group of teachers in New York had asked the Supreme Court for an emergency injunction to block implementation of the mandate, which required them to receive a shot by 5 p.m. Friday or face suspension without pay when schools open Monday.
Associate Justice Sonia Sotomayor denied the emergency request without comment. A federal appeals court earlier in the week permitted New York's mandate.
Federal courts are increasingly being asked to jump into the fray of vaccine mandates as employers and business require more Americans to receive the shot. In August, the Supreme Court declined to block a COVID-19 vaccine mandate at Indiana University, clearing the way for school officials to require students and faculty members to be vaccinated.
In the Indiana University case, Associate Justice Amy Coney Barrett rejected a request from Indiana University students for emergency relief.
Contributing: Associated Press