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Healthcare workers win lawsuit; federal judge rules in favor of religious exemptions for COVID vaccine

The temporary restraining order that made religious exemptions allowable when it came to the COVID-19 vaccine for healthcare workers has been made permanent today.

On Tuesday, Hon. David Hurd, a federal judge in Utica, ruled in favor of religious exemptions.

The state may not take any action against a healthcare worker who is religiously exempt from getting the COVID vaccine.


The New York State Department of Health may also not take action against employers that choose to honor the religious exemption of their employees.

Hurd mentioned after his ruling that the issues are of “exceptional importance to the health and the religious freedoms of our citizens” and that an appeal may be appropriate going forward.



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