Maine can bar religious exemptions to COVID-19 vaccine mandate, judge rules

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By Tom Hals (Reuters) -A U.S. judge ruled on Wednesday that Maine can bar religious exemptions to its requirement that healthcare workers in the state get vaccinated against COVID-19, a day after a judge ordered New York to allow such exemptions to its mandate. U.S. District Judge Jon Levy in Bangor, Maine, said the healthcare workers who brought the case have not been prevented from staying true to their religious beliefs, although refusing the vaccine will cost them their jobs. The workers also failed to show Maine officials were motivated by an improper animus toward religion or that the st…

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