BidBiden administration asks Supreme Court to block order to deploy unvaccinated Navy SEALs

Biden administration asks Supreme Court to block order to deploy unvaccinated Navy SEALs

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  • "This application seeks relief from a preliminary injunction that usurps the Navy's authority to decide which servicemembers should be deployed to execute some of the military's most sensitive and dangerous missions," Solicitor General Elizabeth Prelogar told the justices in the administration's application on Monday.
  • A district court ruled against the administration, and a federal appeals court declined to step in, saying that it had not demonstrated "paramount interests" that justify vaccinating the plaintiffs in violation of their religious beliefs.
  • Prelogar told the justices that the Navy has informed her that it has already been forced to send one of the challengers to Hawaii for duty on a submarine "against its military judgment."
  • "The Navy has an extraordinarily compelling interest in ensuring that the servicemembers who perform those missions are as physically and medically prepared as possible," she said, adding: "That includes vaccinating them against COVID-19, which is the least restrictive means of achieving that interest."

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