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Photo: Meg Roussos/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Police officers and firefighters are suing Gov. Kate Brown over Oregon's vaccine mandate for state workers.

The big picture: The Oregon Fraternal Order of Police along with troopers from around the state and firefighters are asking a judge to declare the Democratic governor's executive order “unenforceable," according to the complaint.

  • The groups allege the executive order conflicts with existing Oregon statutes and could result in the wrongful termination of employees, per AP.
  • In August, Brown reinstated an indoor mask mandate amid a surge of COVID-19 cases and required all state employees to be fully vaccinated before Oct. 18.

What they're saying: Brown press secretary Liz Merah said in a statement that the governor is responding to a public health crisis.

  • “Given the seriousness of the situation, employer vaccine requirements have become an important tool, and state government plays a part," said Merah, per AP. "It’s critical to protect state workers, workplaces and facilities, as well as members of the public who use state services.”

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Amtrak warns of service reduction due to vaccine mandate

An Amtrak worker keeps watch from an Amtrak train during a station stop on December 9 in Fullerton, California. Photo: Mario Tama/Getty Images

Amtrak faces the threat of a service reduction in January if more employees don't receive the COVID-19 vaccine, the company's president said, per AP.

Driving the news: About 95% of Amtrak workers are at least partially vaccinated ahead of the Jan. 4 vaccination deadline set for employees of federal contractors by the Biden administration, per AP.

Dec 13, 2021 - Health

SCOTUS declines to block New York's COVID vaccine mandate for health care workers

New York Gov. Kathy Hochul speaks during a news conference in New York on Sept. 30. Photo: Angus Mordant/Bloomberg via Getty Images

The Supreme Court on Monday declined to block New York's coronavirus vaccine mandate for health care workers, which does not allow for religious exemptions.

Why it matters: A group of health care workers had sued the state arguing the mandate violated their religious freedoms.

COVID-19 rules could tighten as cases rise

TBOX pub crawl attendees stand outside full bars waiting to get in. We did not see a single patron wearing a mask indoors. Photo: Monica Eng/Axios

When the COVID-19 infection rate surged in August, Illinois officials reinstated an indoor mask mandate to fight it. Today the rate is nearly double, but no new safety measures have been added to the mask mandate.