New York State health care workers will no longer have a religious exemption to the state’s Covid-19 vaccine mandate after a federal appeals court vacated a temporary injunction Friday.
The three-judge panel in the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit also sent the two court cases back to the lower courts to continue.
The ongoing court cases stem from former Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s order that all hospital and long-term care facility workers were required to get at least one dose of the vaccine by September 27.
CNN has reached out to the New York State Department of Health for comment, and details of how many exemptions the state has already provided.
An attorney for plaintiffs in one of the cases vowed to take the case to the US Supreme Court Friday.
“New York’s mandate forces an abominable choice on New York healthcare workers: abandon their faith or lose their careers,” said attorney Cameron Atkinson, who represents three nurses.