Many Minnesota health care workers fighting vaccine mandate have received exemptions


October 14, 2021

Weeks after Minnesota health care workers filed a lawsuit to block a COVID-19 vaccine mandate, most have obtained a religious exemption from the rule. Now they likely will have to decide whether to continue the legal fight.

In a three-hour court hearing Tuesday, U.S. District Court Judge Nancy Brasel rejected the health care workers' request for an injunction to stop their employers from enforcing the vaccine mandate. But the judge's decision doesn't preclude the lawsuit from continuing.

Gregory Erickson, one of the attorneys representing the health care workers, said the judge's decision to deny the injunction was made in part because most of his clients have either been granted an exemption from the vaccine mandate or their requests are pending. Only about three requests have been denied, he said. "The court found there wasn't enough of an injury to merit an injunction - yet," Erickson said.


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