Supreme Court justices receive boosters before hearing challenge to vaccine mandate

As the U.S. Supreme Court prepares to hear arguments in a challenge to a Biden administration’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate, new information has emerged about the vaccination status of the individual justices.

According to Fox News, all nine members of the nation’s highest court have received their vaccines and booster shots.

They are reportedly also tested for the virus regularly. With the exception of Justice Sonia Sotomayor, who has an underlying condition, they do not wear masks during sessions.

Biden mandates attract challenges

Justices are slated to hear arguments on Friday in a case challenging a federal mandate requiring vaccination or weekly testing for Americans who work for companies with more than 100 employees.

The rule was issued through the Occupational Safety and Health Administration and prompted challenges by nearly half of all the nation’s states. Opponents argue that the mandate is unlawful because COVID-19 is not an “occupational hazard.”

Another mandate facing similar challenges is aimed at health care workers at facilities receiving federal funding.

The Biden administration has continued to defend these and other requirements despite the failure of vaccines to prevent a surge in infections even among those who have been inoculated and boosted.

“A pandemic of the unvaccinated”

By the president’s own admission, there is “no federal solution” to the ongoing public health crisis. Nevertheless, he continues to blame the pandemic on the millions of Americans who continue to resist receiving a shot.

Biden echoed his prior statements on the matter in his recent declaration that there is “no excuse” for any American to refuse the shot, adding: “This continues to be a pandemic of the unvaccinated.”

Most recently, one of the most vaccinated regions of the nation — New York City — saw record-high levels of COVID-19 infections.

The omicron surge has significantly undermined the earlier assertions of Dr. Anthony Fauci and other high-profile experts who said the vaccine would provide a way out of the pandemic-related shutdown.

Nevertheless, pundits, politicians, and physicians across the political spectrum continue to recommend vaccinations and boosters for most individuals. For their part, Supreme Court justices appear to be following those recommendations — and they will soon be weighing in on the contentious matter of making them a requirement.

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