GT Online： Federal Judge Ruled That the Religious Exemption for New York Health Care Workers Must Be Upheld
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On Oct. 12, USSA News reported that a federal judge in New York ruled that the religious exemption for health care workers must be upheld despite the state’s sweeping mandatory CCP virus (Covid-19) vaccine policy.
In August, the former New York Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced the state’s mandatory vaccine policy against the CCP virus.
On Aug. 16, the governor’s office said, “all healthcare workers in New York State, including staff at hospitals and long-term care facilities… including nursing homes, adult care, and other congregate care settings, will be required to be vaccinated against COVID-19 by Monday, September 27.”
Spectrum News reported that after Cuomo made his announcement, New York health care workers filed a lawsuit over the state’s vaccine mandate.
According to WROC-TV, the lawsuit against the state was led by 17 anonymous health care professionals.
As a result, on Tuesday, U.S. District Judge David Hurd of the Northern District of New York barred state health officials from retaliating against health care workers who did not want to be vaccinated against the CCP virus for religious reasons in a 27-page ruling.
Judge Hurd said in his decision, “the Department of Health is barred from taking any action, disciplinary or otherwise, against the licensure, certification, residency, admitting privileges or other professional status or qualification of any of the plaintiffs on account of their seeking or having obtained a religious exemption from mandatory COVID-19 vaccination.”
The ruling also protects the company from any state penalties for hiring health care workers who were not vaccinated against the CCP virus.