In a 6-3 decision, the Supreme Court refused to overturn a vaccine mandate in Maine that does not allow religious exemptions.

Justices Clarence Thomas, Samuel Alito, and Neil Gorsuch voted in the minority, contending that Maine’s failure to offer a religious exemption was based on religious bias.

In two previous cases, from anti-vaxxers at Indiana University and public school teachers in New York, the Supreme Court also upheld vaccine mandates. This suggests that the high court recognizes that public health in a global pandemic requires a strong governmental response to stop the spread of the disease and protect the public.

It also appears that lawsuits filed by police unions, firefighters’ unions, and other government employees are unlikely to succeed.

All of this is very good news for the vast majority of the public, which has been vaccinated and frankly doesn’t understand resistance to vaccine mandates.