US appeals court gives green light to NY’s vaccine mandate

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NEW YORK (AP) — A federal appeals panel has upheld New York state’s vaccine mandate for health care workers. The ruling late Friday by the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals reversed a decision by an upstate judge who had temporarily blocked vaccination requirements on the grounds that the mandate did not accommodate religious exemptions.

In a brief order, a panel of three 2nd Circuit judges also upheld a ruling by a Brooklyn judge who had found the mandate constitutional. The appeals court said a written decision would follow at a later date.

Gov. Kathy Hochul, a Democrat, commended the ruling in a tweet Friday evening, saying “I said I’d take bold steps to defeat the pandemic and protect the health of all New Yorkers. That’s exactly what we’re doing, and tonight’s ruling affirms our actions.”

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