The U.S. Supreme Court will consider whether to take a case brought by an NYPD detective asking to stop the city from firing him and others for refusing to get vaccinated against COVID-19, a court spokesperson confirmed Wednesday.
Lawyers for Detective Anthony Marciano asked the court in August for an emergency injunction to block the city from enforcing its vaccination requirement for all municipal employees.
Justice Sonia Sotomayor rejected the original request. However, after Marciano resubmitted the appeal, Justice Clarence Thomas referred it to the court and distributed it for conference for Oct. 7.
"The Supreme Court has rejected numerous attempts to have it take up lawsuits on the vaccine mandate and a number of other courts have upheld the mandate,recognizing that it saves lives and is a condition of employment," Mayor Eric Adams' press secretary Fabien Levy said in a statement.
The news comes just one day after Mayor Adams announced New York City’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate for private-sector workers will come to an end on Nov. 1.
Former Mayor Bill de Blasio implemented both vaccine mandates during his final months on the job.
Since the mandate was enacted, multiple New York City municipal employees have been fired for refusing the vaccines. Meanwhile, several more are still waiting to find out whether their requests for exemptions will be approved.
Mayor Adams on Tuesday said that New York City’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate for public workers would remain in effect.