Suit halts vaccine mandate

Gov. Kathy Hochul speaks in the state Capitol in Albany to announce an extraordinary session for the Legislature to extend the eviction moratorium through Jan. 15, 2022. Hochul and her administration were named Tuesday as defendants in a lawsuit filed by the Thomas More Society and 17 health care workers claiming Hochul’s vaccination mandate is unconstitutional. Courtesy of Gov. Kathy Hochul’s office

UTICA — A federal court Tuesday granted a temporary restraining order against Gov. Kathy Hochul’s vaccine mandate for the state’s health care workers.

The lawsuit, which was filed by 17 health care workers including doctors and nurses, alleges that the mandate nullifies federal anti-discrimination laws for “sincere religious exemptions” granted under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

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