US appeals court gives greenlight to NY's vaccine mandate

Posted at 9:11 PM, Oct 29, 2021

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.