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.
In a statement, Gov. Kathy Hochul, a Democrat, commended the ruling.