This past Tuesday, a federal judge issued an extension to the ban slated on Democratic New York Governor Kathy Hochul’s order that mandated all workers in the health care field within the state of New York to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 with no exceptions or they will be fired from their positions.
The whole restraining order was shoved back yet another two weeks, and as a result, the health care and long-term care workers in the state have started looking into utilized religious exemptions that would allow them to remain unvaccinated at least until the 12th of October and still keep their careers.
“Breaking: federal judge extends the temporary ban on the NYS vaccine mandate for health care industry workers claiming a religious exemption until October 12th,” reported Berkeley Brean from News 10 NBC this past Tuesday. “Then the order could turn into a preliminary injunction.”
In a video file attached to the tweet, Brean went on to explain that if the order manages to turn into a full preliminary injunction, anyone that is currently seeking a religious exemption to the vaccine mandate in New York will actually be permitted these exemptions for as long as the case stated pending.
Breaking: federal judge extends the temporary ban on the NYS vaccine mandate for health care industry workers claiming a religious exemption until October 12th. Then the order could turn into a preliminary injunction. @news10nbc pic.twitter.com/6XmDrymi5z
— Berkeley Brean (@whec_bbrean) September 21, 2021
This past week, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of New York put a seemingly temporary stop block on Hochul’s order.
As reported by the Daily Wire, a large group of workers in the health care field is being represented by the Thomas More Society put forth a lawsuit against the state that argued that their Constitutional rights were being violated by the state’s newly issued vaccination mandate that did not acknowledge religious exemptions.
Last Tuesday, Judge David Hurd put forth the order that gave the Hochul administration “until Sept. 22 to respond to the lawsuit in federal court in Utica,” reported ABC News. “If the state opposes the plaintiffs’ request for a preliminary court order blocking the vaccine mandate, a Sept. 28 oral hearing will occur.”
Back on August 16th, the Now-resigned Governor Andrew Cuomo (D-NY) stated that all healthcare workers in the state, inclusive of staff at hospitals and long-term care facilities such as nursing homes, adult care facilities, and other congregate care settings, are going to be forced to undergo the COVID-19 vaccination.
It was argued by the Thomas More society that the whole mandate “attempts to nullify protections for sincere religious beliefs granted under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, even though days earlier the state of New York had afforded protection for religious beliefs in its prior health order.”
The Thomas More Society Special Counsel, Attorney Christopher Ferrara, labelled the move “a brazen power grab by people who think they can get away with anything.”