Judge rules New York must allow religious exemptions in health care worker vaccine mandate

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a federal judge Governance New York state on Tuesday must allow religious exemptions in its COVID-19 vaccine mandate for health care workers.

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why it matters: The move follows the government’s Kathy M. to require vaccinations for all health care workers. There is a new obstacle in Hochul’s endeavor.

  • The decision comes on the same day unvaccinated workers were stopped from working new York Times.

Catch up quickly: New York’s initial vaccine mandate for health care workers – passed under former Gov. Andrew Cuomo – included religious exemptions, but an updated mandate under Gov. Kathy Hochul did away with exemptions, the ruling noted.

  • The vaccine mandate for health care workers went into effect in late September.
  • That same month a federal judge extended a temporary restraining order preventing the state from enforcing the mandate until October 12 against 17 healthcare workers suing over the lack of religious exemptions.

big picture: Judge David N. Hurd granted an injunction on Tuesday, preventing the health department from enforcing a religious exemption or a ban that interfered with granting such exemptions.

  • Hurd wrote, “These findings have nothing to do with how an individual employer should handle an individual employee’s religious objection to a workplace vaccination requirement. But they do have reasonable divisions of federal and state power.” with everything.”

What are they saying: Hochul said in a statement, “My responsibility as governor is to protect the people of this state, and health care workers are required to be vaccinated. I stand behind this mandate, and I work to keep the people of New York safe.” I will fight this decision in court.” Statement Tuesday evening.

  • “With this judgment the court is right that the ‘front line hero’ of tomorrow in tackling COVID cannot be treated as a sudden disease-spreading villain and curtailed by the command of the state’s health bureaucracy,” Christopher Ferrara, a lawyer, said activists of the Thomas More Society Statement.
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