Medical Society Supports Court Decision to Uphold Governor Hochul’s Healthcare Worker Vaccination Requirements

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For Immediate ReleaseOctober 30, 2021 

Medical Society Supports Court Decision to Uphold Governor Hochul’s Healthcare Worker Vaccination Requirements.

Statement Attributable to:Joseph R. Sellers, MD, FAAP, FACP President, Medical Society of the State of New York

“MSSNY fully supports the decision by the U.S. Second Circuit Court of Appeals to uphold Governor Hochul’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate for New York healthcare workers with no religious exception.  The decision reverses a prior decision of the U.S. Northern District Court to continue to allow a religious exemption from the State’s important requirement that healthcare workers receive the COVID-19 vaccine.

“These vaccination requirements are essential to protecting public health, particularly the immunocompromised, the elderly, and those too young to receive the vaccination.  No major religious denomination opposes vaccinations, and the Supreme Court has for over 100 years upheld vaccination requirements to protect the public health. Moreover, it has proven very effective at significantly raising the vaccination rate of healthcare workers..

“We continue to support this vaccination requirement for health care workers to protect the health and safety of all New Yorkers.”.

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Founded in 1807, the Medical Society of the State of New York is the state’s principal non-profit professional organization for physicians, residents and medical students of all specialties. Its mission is to represent the interests of patients and physicians to assure quality healthcare services for all.

Julie Vecchione | Vice President, Communications
Medical Society of the State of New York
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