Pentagon asks Supreme Court to block injunction allowing deployment of unvaccinated Navy SEALs

The request follows a January ruling by a federal judge in Texas who temporarily blocked the Department of Defense from halting the deployment of SEALs who refuse to comply with the military’s COVID-19 vaccination mandate. The judge’s order also forbids military commanders from making any changes to their military assignments due to their unvaccinated status.

At issue is whether the Navy has the discretion to deny the deployment for those who are unvaccinated.

The emergency court filing on Monday stated that the orderrequires the Navy to assign and deploy them without regard to their lack of vaccinations, notwithstanding military leaders’ judgment that doing so poses intolerable risks to safety and mission success.

JUDGE ISSUES STAY AGAINST VACCINE MANDATE FOR NAVY SEALS SEEKING RELIGIOUS EXEMPTION

Members of the Special Operations Team of the Cypriot National Guard and U.S. Navy SEALs participate in a joint military training in Limassol, Cyprus, septiembre 10, 2021. REUTERS/Yiannis Kourtoglou

Members of the Special Operations Team of the Cypriot National Guard and U.S. Navy SEALs participate in a joint military training in Limassol, Cyprus, septiembre 10, 2021. REUTERS/Yiannis Kourtoglou

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