(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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