One of the region’s largest health systems says it needs more information on the religious exemption update that came down from the courts last week.
On Friday, a judge agreed with New York State – lifting the religious exemption that was temporarily granted to healthcare workers avoiding the COVID-19 vaccine.
More than 20,000 URMC employees were vaccinated before September 27. That’s when the COVID vaccine mandate took place. In the days leading up to- and those that followed- dozens protested the state mandate.
Because of the court action, workers who claimed a religious exemption were able to continue working. In theory, that should not be the case anymore. However, health systems like URMC are uncertain about proceeding – since there’s expected to be more court filings.
“We continue to provide education and answer questions about the vaccines, and are hopeful the small percentage of employees currently working under a religious exemption will also choose to become vaccinated,” URMC told News10NBC.
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