Supreme Court refuses to get involved in CA school vaccine mandate requirement

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The Supreme Court has decided it does not need to get involved for now in a dispute over a school vaccine mandate in San Diego, California.

An unnamed female student, referred to as Jane Doe in court filings, in the California school district had asked the justices for emergency relief from the COVID-19 vaccine mandate, on religious freedom grounds.

The Supreme Court issued mixed rulings Thursday in a pair of cases challenging Biden administration COVID-19 vaccine mandates, allowing the requirement for certain health care workers to go into effect while blocking enforcement of a mandate for businesses with 100 or more employees.
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But the high court in an unsigned order Friday denied the request for an immediate injunction as premature, since the school district had indicated it would not enforce the requirement until at least August.

The mandate was put in place last September for teachers, staff and students 16 and older. It was supposed to go into effect in late January, but officials delayed implementation.

The court order said those opposing the mandate could come back for a new injunction “if circumstances warrant.”

School girls wearing masks.

The court on Friday did agree to hear the Biden administration’s appeal in its efforts to end the “Remain-in-Mexico” policy — a key Trump-era border policy that the Biden administration abolished, but was then forced to re-establish under court order.

Oral arguments in the appeal will begin in the second week of April and a ruling will be expected by late June on whether the Biden administration can end the policy, which sees migrants sent back to Mexico for their immigration hearings instead of being released into the U.S. interior.

Fox News’ Adam Shaw contributed to this report.

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