Acting Alone, Justice Amy Coney Barrett Upholds Vaccine Mandate

Barrett denied the request without consulting the full court

FOX NEWS – Supreme Court Justice Amy Coney Barrett denied an appeal from students at Indiana University to block the school’s vaccine mandate.

Barrett, who has jurisdiction over the appeals court involved in the case, denied the students request for an injunction against Indiana University’s vaccine mandate on her own without consulting other colleagues on the court and without hearing from the school.

Indiana University told students and employees that they are required to be vaccinated by the start of the fall term on August 23. Students who don’t comply will have their registration canceled, and employees who don’t comply will lose their jobs.

A three-judge federal appeals court panel, including two judges appointed by former President Donald Trump, was one of two lower courts to side with Indiana University and allow it to require vaccinations.

The plan announced in May requires roughly 90,000 students and 40,000 employees on seven campuses to receive COVID-19 vaccinations for the fall semester … READ MORE. 

“Indiana University’s Mandate that all IU students take the COVID vaccine [is] in violation of their constitutional rights to bodily integrity and autonomy … ” – Students’ request for an injunction against Indiana University vaccine mandate

Debates on vaccine, mask mandates permeate Virginia governor’s race


THE HILL – The nationwide debate over vaccine and mask mandates is infiltrating the upcoming statewide elections in Virginia as coronavirus cases in the commonwealth tick upward.

Republican gubernatorial nominee Glenn Youngkin hit Democratic nominee and former Gov. Terry McAuliffe over Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam’s (D) newly announced mask mandate on Thursday, saying the mandate is “the first step towards returning to a full shutdown of our economy.”

“With today’s student mask mandate announcement, Ralph Northam, Terry McAuliffe and Richmond liberals have made clear that they will stop at nothing to impose their will and take away parents’ ability to decide what’s best for our kids,” Youngkin said in a statement, adding that “if parents, teachers, and children want to wear a mask, they absolutely should do that.”

McAuliffe’s campaign responded to Northam’s mandate, reiterating his support for following guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

“While Glenn Youngkin is taking leadership cues from Ron DeSantis’ disastrous handling of the pandemic in Florida and even opposed funding for vaccine distribution, Terry is strongly encouraging every eligible Virginian to get the COVID-19 vaccine and has required his campaign staff do so,” McAuliffe’s spokesperson Renzo Olivari said in a statement.

On the vaccine front, McAuliffe and Youngkin have both urged Virginians to get vaccinated, but differ when it comes to mandates.

McAuliffe and the rest of Democratic ticket are requiring their staff to get vaccinated, while Youngkin has said the choice to get vaccinated is a personal decision … READ MORE.


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