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N.Y. School Vaccine Mandate Survives as Top Court Rejects Appeal

May 23, 2022, 1:31 PM

The US Supreme Court turned away a challenge to New York’s requirement that schoolchildren be vaccinated against serious diseases, refusing to question the state’s 2019 repeal of its longstanding exemption for families with religious objections.

The justices without comment left in place a state court ruling that said New York wasn’t targeting religion when it eliminated the exemption after the worst measles outbreak in a quarter century. The vaccine requirement applies to children under 18 in both public and private schools.

The rebuff is consistent with the Supreme Court’s handling of cases involving Covid-19 vaccines. The justices have let state ...