NY approves COVID vaccine mandate for health care workers


A New York State Division of Well being board voted unanimously Thursday to implement emergency authorization of a COVID-19 vaccine mandate for all well being care employees within the state, whereas additionally eradicating a deliberate spiritual exemption as a substitute for vaccination.

Thursday’s assembly of the Public Well being and Well being Planning Council consisted of a dialogue and subsequent formal adoption of a regulation first introduced by then-Gov. Andrew Cuomo final week. 

The mandate permitted by the council additionally eliminated a deliberate exemption that will have allowed employees to keep away from vaccination primarily based on spiritual issues. Any spiritual exemptions beforehand granted are now not legitimate and services won’t be allowed to incorporate spiritual exemptions in any respect, stated Vanessa Murphy, a DOH lawyer.

“We’re not constitutionally required to supply a spiritual exemption,” Murphy stated. “You see that with the Measles and the Mumps requirement for well being care employees.”