On Thursday, New York Governor Kathy Hochul vowed that she would fight the lawsuit filed by medical workers in the city against the vaccine mandate for healthcare practitioners.
Claiming that the vaccine mandate has been put in place to save lives, Hochul said, “Everyone from the Pope on down is encouraging people to get vaccinated.” She added that she’s not aware of any major religious group that has prohibited adherents from receiving the COVID-19 vaccine.
The Christian nurses, doctors, and other New York health care workers in the lawsuit say they don’t want to be forced to take any vaccine that employs aborted fetus cell lines in their testing, development, or production. Fetal cell lines were used during the research and development of the Pfizer and Moderna mRNA vaccines and during the production of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.
The state doesn’t offer religious exemptions for vaccination requirements for schoolchildren or health care workers and has argued it isn’t obligated to do so for the COVID-19 vaccine, either.
A federal judge temporarily blocked the state Tuesday from enforcing any part of its mandate that prohibits religious exemptions for healthcare workers. The court will hold arguments in the coming weeks.