Religious exemption deadline for COVID-19 vaccine ends

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(WIVB) — As of Monday morning, some healthcare workers across the state are out of a job.

Midnight was the deadline for people who claimed a religious exemption to get their first shot of the COVID-19 vaccine.

Exceptions will still be made for valid medical reasons.

Leaders with the New York State Department of Health say healthcare facilities should have a process in place to consider accommodating people with sincerely held religious beliefs.

When a vaccine mandate for healthcare workers was first issued, 17 healthcare professionals filed a lawsuit against the state because it didn’t include the option of a religious exemption.

A federal judge in Utica ruled in favor of the mandate last month.

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