Says employers must grant religious exemptions to healthcare workers
A federal judge in New York ruled on Tuesday that State Health Officials must allow employers to grant religious exemptions to a Covid-19 vaccine mandate for healthcare workers.
Judge David Hurd issued a preliminary injunction preventing the NY Department of Health from acting against any employer who grants religious exemptions, adding that the plaintiffs were likely to succeed in their case.
The ruling read that The Department of Health is barred from interfering in any way with the granting of religious exemptions from Covid-19 vaccination going forward, or with the operation of exemptions already granted.
One employee said that with this decision, the court rightly recognized that yesterday’s ‘front line heroes’ in dealing with Covid cannot suddenly be treated as disease-carrying villains and kicked to the curb by the command of a state health bureaucracy.
Tuesday’s order technically extends an earlier restraining order which applied to religious exemptions filed in mid-September onward, effectively allowing many healthcare workers to continue working even after the mandate went into effect.