Source: Cristina Laila

The US Supreme Court on Friday rejected an emergency request to block New York City’s vaccine mandate for teachers.

Justice Sonia Sotomayor, who oversees emergency applications for the Second Circuit which includes Connecticut, New York and Vermont, rejected the request without comment.

Friday is the deadline for New York City employees, police officers and firefighters to get vaccinated or face firing.

NBC New York reported:

The Supreme Court of the United States has denied a request from a group of New York City public school teachers seeking to block a vaccine mandate for employees who were not given a religious exemption.

Their appeal was directed to Justice Sonia Sotomayor, who handles cases from that region.

Sotomayor rejected an earlier challenge, filed in October, to the city’s vaccine mandate. And on Friday she rejected this one, too, with no explanation, which is the court’s usual procedure. She did not ask the city for a response, either — another sign that the request for an injunction would likely fail.

New York City public school teachers and other school staff members are required to be vaccinated against COVID-19 as of October, when the controversial mandate for the largest public school district in the country went into effect.

Since then, the city also issued a mandate for all non-public school employees to provide proof of first dose of a COVID-19 vaccination as of December.