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Court hears dispute over N.Y. healthcare workers seeking COVID vaccine religious exemption

Added 09-29-21 06:03:02pm EST - “The 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals on Wednesday heard arguments in a case brought by a conservative nonprofit challenging a New York order that prohibits state health care workers from seeking religious exemptions to the COVID-19 vaccine…” - Washingtontimes.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Washingtontimes.com: “Court hears dispute over N.Y. healthcare workers seeking COVID vaccine religious exemption”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

The 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals on Wednesday heard arguments in a case brought by a conservative nonprofit challenging a New York order that prohibits state health care workers from seeking religious exemptions to the COVID-19 vaccine mandate. 

We The Patriots USA, Inc. wants the three-judge panel to grant a temporary injunction that would force the state to allow religious exemption requests from health care workers while the court fight continues. 

The case stems from an emergency order issued in August by Democratic Gov. Kathleen Hochul requiring state health care workers to get a vaccine or a medical exemption — or face suspension or termination. Over the weekend, she unveiled a plan to deal with potential worker shortages which includes the possibility of activating the National Guard.

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The order took effect Monday, but a federal court in Utica last week ruled in a similar case and temporarily blocked the vaccine mandate for those seeking a religious exemption until Oct. 12 — which prompted the circuit judges to question the need for another injunction.

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