SANTA FE, NM (AP) – Lawyer for two women who challenged New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham’s order requiring COVID-19 vaccinations for some workers is appealing a judge’s denial of their request for an injunction blocking the mandate.
Lawyer A. Blair Dunn filed a notice of appeal with the U.S. 10th Court of Appeals on Tuesday, a day after U.S. District Judge Martha Vazquez upheld Lujan Grisham’s authority to impose a vaccination mandate in a public health order to curb the spread of the coronavirus.
Dunn told the Santa Fe New Mexican that he believes his clients have a chance of ultimately winning, especially if the case reaches the United States Supreme Court.
The governor’s order requires that healthcare workers, teachers and other “high-risk” workers be immunized unless they qualify for a medical or religious exemption. The lawsuit also challenged the governor’s order requiring people 12 and older to be vaccinated before attending the New Mexico State Fair.
The women have sought an injunction to prevent the implementation of vaccine requirements.
Vazquez ruled that arguments that the vaccine is unreliable and that the warrant infringes on personal freedom did not outweigh the state’s obligation to take action to protect public health.