Federal Judge Grants Injunction Against NY COVID-19 Vaccine Mandate for Health Care Workers
A federal judge on Tuesday ruled in favor of 17 New York state healthcare workers who object to religious reasons to getting a COVID-19 vaccine.
The judge said defendants, state officials, failed to adequately explain why workers were denied from religious exemptions to a vaccine mandate imposed in August.
“There is no adequate explanation from defendants about why the ‘reasonable accommodation’ that must be extended to a medically exempt health care worker under 2.61 could not similarly be extended to a healthcare worker with a sincere religious objection,” U.S. District Judge David Hurd, a Clinton nominee, wrote in a 27-page ruling. granting a preliminary injunction and allowing the workers to proceed under pseudonyms.
Plaintiffs argued the Aug. 26 mandate issued by the state, or § 2.61, violated their constitutional rights because it essentially forbids employers from taking into account religious accommodations.