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Federal judge blocks New York’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate for healthcare workers


A federal judge has temporarily barred New York State from requiring healthcare workers to be vaccinated against COVID19.

New York’s Northern District Judge David Hurd made the ruling after 17 healthcare workers filed a lawsuit claiming the warrant violated their rights because it did not allow religious exemptions.

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The state issued the vaccination warrant on August 28, requiring nursing home and hospital workers to have at least one injection by September 27.

The plaintiffs, who included doctors and nurses, claimed that because the New York Department of Health did not allow exemptions for “sincere religious beliefs which compel the denial of such vaccination,” the warrant violated their rights under the US Constitution and New York State. Rights Act.

It seems their objections centered on their religious belief in opposing any involvement in abortion. Court documents have said that all COVID-19 vaccines use cell lines derived from fetal tissue in their development, production or testing.

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Judge Hurd has given New York State until September 22 to respond to the trial. If the state objects to the plaintiffs, an oral hearing will be held on September 28.

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Key words: Health, Coronavirus, Vaccination, New York, New York City, Hospitals, Retirement homes, Mandate, Court

Original author: David Hogberg

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