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Supreme Court wipes out rulings on federal vaccine mandates

President Joe Biden rescinded the vaccine requirement in May after the Pentagon rescinded the mandate in January. 

Published: December 11, 2023 2:00pm

The Supreme Court on Monday threw out cases challenging the federal government's now-defunct COVID-19 vaccine mandate for military service members and executive branch employees. 

President Joe Biden rescinded the vaccine requirement in May after the Pentagon rescinded the mandate in January. 

The justices tossed three cases Monday, two of which mandate challengers lost and one in which they won, and the high court ordered the lower courts to dismiss the cases, CNN reported

Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson, the court's newest member, dissented from the court's action in two of the cases, saying that she disagreed with her colleagues' decision to erase the lower court decisions in those cases. 

Before the cases were dismissed, military lawyer R. Davis Younts told Just the News that the cases were going forward despite the fact that the requirements are no longer in effect because it has implications on future mandates.  

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