New York State Responds to Medical Worker Vaccine Warrant Trial | WIVT
ALBANY, NY (NEWS10) – The state just met the 5 p.m. deadline Wednesday night, submitting a response to the lawsuit against its vaccine mandate for healthcare workers.
The New York State Attorney General’s office filed documents in federal court in Utica. A judge had issued a temporary restraining order on the execution of the warrant because it did not include religious exemptions.
The state released a 22-page response to the lawsuit on Wednesday.
The report argues that providing a religious exemption for a COVID-19 vaccine would be inconsistent with previous regulations for medical workers.
The GA office says no religious exemptions have been offered to hospital workers and other employees of health facilities for other vaccines, including the measles, mumps and rubella vaccine.
They say vaccinations are necessary for healthcare workers because they tend to work with patients who are at greater risk of serious illness from COVID-19 or who might not be vaccinated for health reasons.
Opponents of the requirement said it was causing more people to leave the medical field and could lead to worker shortages.
âThe vast majority of these healthcare workers were considered heroes. They risked their lives, and now 30 to 35% of people are at risk of dismissal, âsaid Corey Willig, Buffalo District Attorney at HoganWillig.
The state also noted that more than 50 medical professional societies and organizations, including the American Medical Association and the American Academy of Pediatrics, have called on all healthcare employers to require vaccines for their workers.
The mandate was to come into effect on Monday, September 27. However, the execution is on hold while the case makes its way to court.
The judge will issue a ruling on a preliminary injunction before the temporary restraining order expires on October 12.