Massachusetts hospital workers seek Supreme Court relief from vaccine mandate

A group of health care workers on Tuesday asked the Supreme Court for an exemption from their Boston-based hospital’s mandatory COVID-19 vaccination policy.

The challenge to Mass General Brigham, Inc.’s (MGB) mandate was filed to Justice Stephen BreyerStephen BreyerOvernight Energy & Environment — Presented by ExxonMobil — Dems press drillers over methane leaks Supreme Court denies lobster fishers' bid to halt environmental protections What's that you smell in the Supreme Court? MORE, who handles emergency matters arising from the region. 

The case concerns eight MGB employees whose requests for religious or medical exemptions were denied. After their continued refusal to get vaccinated by their employer's Nov. 5 deadline, the workers were placed on unpaid leave and some were ultimately fired. 

MGB has granted religious or medical exemptions to more than 230 employees. The litigants, who seek to be added to that group, are bringing a challenge over their individual exemption determinations to the Supreme Court after losing in the lower courts. 

Their request comes after the Supreme Court recently rejected challenges to vaccine mandates by Maine health workers, New York City public school teachers and a group of students at Indiana University.