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U.S. Supreme Court Says Navy Can Limit Deployment for Unvaccinated

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The USS Gerald R. Ford in Newport News, Virginia. 

The USS Gerald R. Ford in Newport News, Virginia. 

Source: U.S. Navy/Getty Images 

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A divided U.S. Supreme Court said the Navy can limit deployment and training for 35 Seals and other special operations forces who are refusing on religious grounds to get vaccinated against Covid-19.

Granting a Biden administration request over three dissents, the justices partly blocked a federal judge’s order that required the Navy to assign and deploy the sailors without regard to their unvaccinated status. The order will apply while litigation over the Navy’s vaccine mandate goes forward.