Syracuse judge strikes down NY vaccine mandate for health workers, rules state overstepped its authority. A state Supreme Court judge in Syracuse on Friday struck down a statewide mandate for medical staff to be vaccinated against Covid-19.
Judge Gerard Neri ruled that Gov. Kathy Hochul and the state’s health department overstepped their authority by sidestepping the Legislature and making permanent the mandate meant to limit transmission of Covid in hospitals and healthcare facilities.
The judge also said the state acknowledges vaccines don’t prevent covid transmission despite the title of the executive order: “Prevention of COVID-19 transmission by covered entities” “In true Orwellian fashion, the Respondents acknowledge then-current COVID-19 shots do not prevent transmission,” the judge wrote.
Medical studies have shown that the vaccinations helped reduce transmission of the early variants of the virus, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The vaccinations appear to be less effective in reducing transmission of later variants