Phil and I break it down for military.com's lay audience here (this will be basic stuff for CAAFlog readers): Can Service Members Fight Taking a Mandatory COVID Vaccine?
Did we miss anything big? Re-reading Sterling made me think that CAAF's exhaustion requirement for the RFRA substantiality prong seems strange analytically. But, as CAAF notes, a number of circuit courts also impose such a requirement.
The Supreme Court will not interfere with Indiana University’s vaccine mandate. On Thursday evening, Justice Amy Coney Barrett turned down a request from a group of Indiana University students to block the school’s requirement that students be vaccinated against the virus. Barrett, who is responsible for emergency appeals from Indiana, denied the students’ request without comment, without seeking a response from the state, and without referring the request to the full court for a vote – suggesting that she and the other justices did not regard it as a particularly close case.
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