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The Fifth Circuit quizzed attorneys for the government about the U.S. Navy's vaccination requirements on Monday, with one judge wondering whether service members were right to call the branch's review process for exemptions a "sham" in which every request is automatically denied.
The U.S. Department of Defense has implored the Fifth Circuit to toss a Texas federal judge's order freezing the U.S. Navy's requirement that Special Warfare Command service members be vaccinated against COVID-19, contending the judge's ruling impairs the Navy's ability to defend the nation.
The Pentagon has urged the U.S. Supreme Court to partially stay an injunction against enforcing a COVID-19 vaccine mandate against Navy Special Warfare Command members who allege that the mandate violates their religious beliefs, saying the bar impinges on military decision-making.
The Fifth Circuit refused to narrow an injunction blocking the military from applying its COVID-19 vaccine mandate to U.S. Navy service members who say the requirement violates their religious beliefs, saying keeping the freeze in place won’t hurt the government.
The U.S. Department of Defense has urged the Fifth Circuit to narrow an injunction barring COVID-19 vaccines for U.S. Navy special operators who claim they violate their religious rights, saying it wrongly interferes with military issues.
A group of U.S. Navy service members on Monday filed an amended complaint seeking to turn a Texas federal lawsuit challenging the U.S. Department of Defense's COVID-19 vaccine mandate into a class action, while the government requested a stay of the court's freeze on the requirement as it's appealed.