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Federal Judge Blocks New York's Vaccine Mandate for Health Care Workers

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A federal judge delivered a blow Tuesday to deep blue New York with a ruling blocking the state’s coronavirus vaccine mandates for health care workers.

Disgraced Governor Andrew Cuomo handed down the vaccine mandate on August 16 with a rule that would require all nurses, doctors, and other workers in hospitals and long-term care facilities to get the vaccine in order to keep their jobs.

But health care workers filed a lawsuit to overturn the mandate. And now a federal judge has blocked the mandate while the lawsuit continues through the system. The lawsuit notes that the state did not allow for religious exemptions since the vaccines use human fetal cell lines in their development.

Per Just The News:

The legal argument takes its shape under the umbrella of Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act.

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Christopher Ferrara, an attorney with the Thomas More Society said that New York is attempting to “slam shut an escape hatch from an unconstitutional vaccine mandate … They are doing this while knowing that many people have sincere religious objections to vaccines that were tested, developed, or produced with cell lines derived from aborted children.”

Judge David Hurd of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of New York granted the temporary restraining order on the morning of September 14. “The vaccine mandate is suspended,” reads his order, and the state Department of Health is “barred from taking any action, disciplinary or otherwise, against the licensure, certification, residency, admitting privileges or other professional status or qualification of any of the plaintiffs on account of their seeking or having obtained a religious exemption from mandatory Covid-19 vaccination.”

There is no telling where the lawsuit will end up, granted. But in the meantime, the vaccine mandate cannot be put into action.

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Warner Todd Huston has been writing editorials and news since 2001 but started his writing career penning articles about U.S. history back in the early 1990s. Huston has appeared on Fox News, Fox Business Network, CNN, and several local Chicago News programs to discuss the issues of the day. Additionally, he is a regular guest on radio programs from coast to coast. Huston has also been a Breitbart News contributor since 2009. Warner works out of the Chicago area, a place he calls a "target rich environment" for political news.