Oct 19, 2021 - Health

Supreme Court declines to block Maine health care workers vaccine mandate

Maine health care worker preparing vaccine

A Maine health care worker prepares vaccine dose. Photo: Gregory Rec/Portland Press Herald via Getty Images

The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday declined to hear an emergency appeal of a vaccine mandate for Maine health care workers.

The big picture: The mandate, which was announced in August by Democratic Gov. Janet Mills, says that Maine health care workers need to be vaccinated by Oct. 29 or risk losing their jobs and not qualifying for unemployment benefits.

Details: Justice Stephen Breyer rejected the emergency appeal by the Liberty Counsel, which said it is representing 2,000 health care workers who do not want to be vaccinated.

  • A three-judge panel for the 1st Circuit Court of Appeals previously let the mandate stand.
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