Supreme Court Justice Amy Coney Barrett refused to block Indiana University’s plan to require students and employees to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.
Barrett’s decision came in response to an emergency request from eight students who argued they have a “constitutional right to bodily integrity, autonomy, and of medical treatment choice in the context of a vaccination mandate,” according to AOL News. They wanted the Supreme Court to issue an order blocking the university from enforcing the mandate.
Barrett rejected the plea without asking the university for a response. This marks the first time the high court has weighed in on a vaccine mandate.
Indiana University’s mandate requires 90,000 students and 40,000 employees on seven campuses to receive the vaccine ahead of the fall semester. Students who don’t comply will have their registration canceled, and employees will lose their jobs.