Health care workers in New York state will not be exempt from the obligation to vaccinate against the coronavirus based on religious beliefs. Almost 16 thousand people wanted to take advantage of it. Persons. A federal appeals court ruled on this matter.
CNN recalls that “the pending lawsuits are based on an order from former Governor Andrew Cuomo requiring all hospital and long-term care workers to receive at least one dose of the vaccine by September 27.”
He added that the plaintiffs’ lawyer in one of the trials announced that he would appeal the ruling to the US Supreme Court on Friday.
“An order in New York is forcing New York health workers to make a terrible choice: give up their faith or lose their jobs…They have put their future in God’s hands, and we remain optimistic that the US Supreme Court will strike against a discriminatory warrant in effect in New York.” Violate the First Amendment, argued attorney Cameron Atkinson, who represents the three nurses.
In the second case, 17 health care workers, including doctors, residents and nurses, filed a lawsuit last month against the New York State Department of Health rules. Do not allow anyone to be exempted from vaccination for religious reasons. On September 14, a lower court issued a temporary ban on challenging religious motives.
New York Governor Cathy Hochhol welcomed the appeals court’s decision.
“On my first day in office, I committed as governor to fight the pandemic and take courageous action to protect the health of all New Yorkers. I salute the second court decision affirming our commitment to the first ever immunization, and I will continue to do whatever it takes to do my best to protect the health of all residents.” New York. In my quest to keep New Yorkers safe,” Hoshol said.
According to the state health department, nearly 16,000 workers were exempted from vaccination for religious reasons in New York City prior to the appeals court ruling.
The department’s deputy director of communications, Jeffrey Hammond, estimated the number of employees willing to take advantage of it at 15,844. They include some employees in hospitals, nursing homes, retirement homes, certified home health agencies (CHHA), licensed home care agencies (LHCSA), and hospice facilities.
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