A state Supreme Court judge has shut down New York’s Covid vaccine mandate, blasting the order as “Orwellian” and ruling that the order is “null, void, and of no effect.”
Judge Gerard Neri ruled that Democrat Gov. Kathy Hochul, the Commissioner of Health for New York State, and the New York State Department of Health overstepped their authority by mandating the COVID-19 vaccine for NY’s healthcare workers.
Neri noted in his ruling that the vaccine mandate was not authorized by state public health law.
The court sided with a lawsuit that was brought in October and struck down the health order.
The lawsuit was filed by Medical Professionals for Informed Consent.
The judge also slammed the state for claiming that taking mRNA shots is a “public health” issue rather than a personal medical decision.
“In true Orwellian fashion, the Respondents acknowledge then-current COVID-19 shots do not prevent transmission,” Judge Neri wrote.
The New York’s Department of Health issued a statement in response to say that it is “exploring all options” moving forward.
“The requirement is a critical public health tool,” the agency said.
“The State Health Department strongly disagrees with the judge’s decision and is exploring its options.”
“It feels like it should’ve happened, you know, a long time ago,” Rachel Ponka, a registered nurse, told ABC 7.
“It’s definitely great news to hear and I’m sure a lot of people are relieved about it,” she added.
“It was heartbreaking and it really shook me up and I went through some pretty bad depression financially.”
The vaccine mandate went into effect in 2021 under disgraced former Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D).
However, Cuomo’s successor, Kathy Hochul, has been in lockstep with the ex-governor’s policies.
In late October, a New York Judge delivered good news for city workers who were fired over NYC’s “arbitrary and capricious” Covid vaccine mandates.
The judge ruled that the New York City Sanitation Department had to cease enforcing proof of vaccination.
Furthermore, the fired workers had to be reinstated and given back pay.
During the 2022 New York gubernatorial election debate, Hochul said that she would not have done anything differently about the state’s unconstitutional Covid vaccine mandate.
“I would do it all over again,” Hochul declared.
The healthcare workers who lost their jobs for refusing the state’s unlawful Covid vaccines may have to pursue separate litigation in court against their former employers to receive justice.