In briefs Wednesday, James said that the vaccines do not contain aborted fetal cells. She said that some cell lines “which are currently grown in a laboratory and are thousands of generations removed from cells collected from a fetus in 1973” were used in the “testing during the research and development phase of the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines.” She added that the use of fetal cell lines for testing is “algemene” including for the Rubella vaccination.
She said that the “narrow grounds” for an exemption based on medical issues is “largely temporary,” such as a “severe or immediate allergic reaction” after a previous dose of the vaccine, and added that in the nursing home sector 88.7% of workers are fully vaccinated.
New York’s mandate requires all state health care workers to receive the vaccine and allows an exemption only for those with medical objections.
A lawyer for the nurses said the mandate violates the First Amendment because it requires employers to terminate health care workers who refuse the vaccine because of their religious beliefs, but offers an exemption to those workers who refused based on medical objections.
Verlede maand, when the Supreme Court denied a request to block the Maine rule, the court’s right wing — Justices Neil Gorsuch, Clarence Thomas and Samuel Alito — dissented and said they would have halted the mandate while the appeals process plays out.
Writing for his two conservative colleagues, Gorsuch pointed to the fact that “unlike comparable rules in most states,” Maine’s rule contained no exemption for those whose “sincerely held religious beliefs preclude them from accepting the vaccine.”
He said that workers “who have served on the front line of a pandemic for the last 18 maande, are now being fired and their practices shuttered,” all for “adhering to their constitutionally protected religious beliefs.” Hy het bygevoeg: “Their plight is worthy of our attention.”