WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court on Thursday declined to hear a case over a COVID-19 vaccine requirement for health professionals in New York that does not provide an exemption for religious reasons.
The court’s action follows a decision in December in which the judges rejected an urgent request to stop the requirement. At the time, there were doctors, nurses and other medical workers who said they were forced to choose between their job and religious beliefs.
Three conservative judges – Neil Gorsuch, Clarence Thomas and Samuel Alito – previously disagreed and did so again on Thursday.
New York is one of three states, along with Maine and Rhode Island, that do not provide shelter for health professionals who object to the vaccine on religious grounds.
The court had previously dismissed health professionals in Maine who had filed a similar challenge with the same three judges who disagreed.
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