It came the same day that a federal judge in the state temporarily halted a vaccination mandate that applied to health professionals who sued over the right to a religious exemption.
The city’s mandate has now been withheld until the two sides can go to court on September 22, five days before the mandate is expected to take effect.
“While we believe our members should get the vaccine, we do not believe it should be a condition of employment,” said Henry Garrio, head of the city’s largest municipal union, AFSCME District Council 37. “Clearly, the courts “The fight is not over, but we are energetic in this decision and ready to continue on behalf of our members.”
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Mayor Bill de Blasio said the city still plans to implement its vaccination mandates on Sept. 27, despite the temporary restraining order.
“It does not change our approach,” the mayor said. “It is a very temporary act to get to the trial date where the actual case will be heard. We are very, very confident in our legal position. We are just continuing to build the framework for full implementation on the 27th.”
Hundreds of people gathered Monday against the city’s mandate in Foley Square.
Both of Tuesday’s rulings – halting vaccine mandates for city workers and state health workers – are temporary restraining orders.
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The Heath care case accused former Gov. Andrew Cuomo of running a “nearly 18-month-long medical dictatorship” and is rife with complaints about pandemic policies both in New York and outside the state.
“The same frontline healthcare professionals hailed as heroes of the media for treating COVID patients before vaccines were available, including the plaintiffs herein, are now being corrupted by the same media as pariahs to be excluded from society until they are vaccinated against their will. “, read the case.
The plaintiffs claimed that the state’s vaccine mandate was due to “an atmosphere of fear and irrationality” and insisted that the vaccines “violate their religious beliefs, are clearly not as effective as promised and have known and increasing clear risks of serious and even life-threatening side effects.”
A temporary restraining order is a common practice when a party goes to court and claims they have been harmed and the real test will come when these cases actually go to court.
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