Federal Court: NYS COVID-19 Vaccine Mandate For Health Care Workers Can Move Forward Without Religious Exemption 

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ALBANY, N.Y. (WENY) – A federal appellate court will allow New York State to enforce the COVID-19 vaccine mandate on health care workers seeking religious exemptions. 

According to ABC7 in New York City, the court sided with New York, lifting the temporary restraining order. 

Previously, Judge David Hurd issued a temporary restraining order after more than a dozen health care professionals filed a lawsuit, saying that their rights would be violated if the mandate did not permit exemptions on religious grounds. 

The attorney representing three of the nurses challenging the mandate, claiming it violates their religious beliefs, vowed to take the case to the Supreme Court. 

However, according to USA Today, the High Court made a ruling on a similar case out of Maine. Health care workers in that state had sued, saying the mandate must require religious exemptions, but the Supreme Court declined to block the mandate, meaning Maine’s mandate can move forward without religious exemptions. 


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