After a state Supreme Court judge invalidated a state-wide requirement mandating healthcare workers to be immunized against COVID-19, the New York State Department of Health announced Saturday that it is “exploring its options.”
In a decision issued on Friday, Judge Gerard Neri ruled that Democratic Governor Kathy Hochul and the health department had overstepped their bounds by requiring a vaccine that wasn’t covered by state public health law, according to the Syracuse Post-Standard.
The judge declared that the mandate is “null, void, and of no consequence.”
He supported Medical Professionals for Informed Consent, a group of healthcare professionals adversely affected by the vaccine law.
The health service stated to The Associated Press that the regulation protects those at risk of severe symptoms and those who care for them.
The government claimed that the mandate is an essential public health measure.
The State Health Department is looking at its possibilities despite vehemently disagreeing with the judge’s ruling.