Dec 22, 2021 - Health
Supreme Court denies challenge to New Mexico's vaccine mandate
The Supreme Court on Tuesday rejected, without comment, a bid to challenge New Mexico's vaccine mandate for workers in hospitals, nursing homes and prisons, among other settings.
Why it matters: The court has repeatedly denied bids to block states' vaccine mandates, including in New York and Maine.
Details: The New Mexico requirement, which includes medical and religious exemptions, took effect in August.
- Two women, including a former nurse who was fired after refusing to get the vaccine, argued in their petition that the mandate violates their "constitutional rights to bodily integrity and to engage in one’s chosen profession."
- Justice Neil Gorsuch, who handles appeals to the Supreme Court from New Mexico, denied the application to block the order.