Monday, February 21, 2022

Supreme Court Denies Injunction As School System Postpones Vaccine Mandate

In Doe v. San Diego School District, (Sup. Ct., Feb. 18, 2022), the U.S. Supreme Court issued an Order (full text) refusing to enjoin a school district's COVID vaccine mandate that does not provide for religious exemptions.  The Court said in part:

Because respondents have delayed implementation of the challenged policy, and because they have not settled on the form any policy will now take, emergency relief is not warranted at this time. Applicants’ alternative request for a writ of certiorari before judgment and a stay pending resolution is denied for the same reason. The Court’s denial is without prejudice to applicants seeking a new injunction if circumstances warrant.

As a press release from the Thomas More Society relates, the suit was brought by a student athlete whose religious beliefs prevent her from taking the current vaccines because of the use of fetal cells in their development.