Sept 14 (Reuters) – A U.S. decide in New York on Tuesday quickly blocked the state from imposing a requirement that healthcare staff obtain COVID-19 vaccines in opposition to the desires of staff with non secular objections.
U.S. District Decide David Hurd in Utica, New York in a written order stated he was blocking the mandate from taking impact on Sept. 27 as a result of it doesn’t permit for exemptions primarily based on staff’ non secular beliefs.
The order got here in a lawsuit filed on Monday by 17 medical doctors, nurses and different healthcare professionals who say New York’s requirement violates their constitutional rights in varied methods.
The plaintiffs are all Christians who say they object to receiving the vaccines as a result of the cell strains of aborted fetuses have been used of their testing and growth.
Hurd gave the state till Sept. 22 to reply to the lawsuit, and stated he’ll maintain a Sept. 28 listening to on whether or not to dam the vaccine requirement from taking impact pending the end result of the case.
The mandate was issued final month by former New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, who stated on the time that about 75% of the state’s roughly 450,000 hospital staff have been absolutely vaccinated.
The New York Lawyer Normal’s workplace, which represents the state, didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark. Nor did attorneys for the plaintiffs.
Reporting by Daniel Wiessner in New York
Enhancing by Alistair Bell
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