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NM’s legal battle against COVID-19 vaccine mandates

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There is a state legal battle going on right now that is also worth following. A lawsuit, filed in U.S. district court, argues that vaccine mandates for specific workers (specifically those in health care) violates constitutional rights. According to the most recent public health order, those who refuse the vaccine and do not qualify for an exemption based on religious or medical reasons run the risk of losing their jobs. 

We have extreme concerns related to this new public health order, which could result in a large number of vacancies at Carlsbad Medical Center and at other hospitals across New Mexico. While we support vaccination efforts, this recent public health order creates the possibility of its own major health risk when emergency care nursing positions suddenly aren’t filled. Many members of the health care community who have been vaccinated still feel that this new public health order takes it too far. We urge the state to reconsider this order or make significant adjustments. 

The lawsuit also argues against a vaccine mandate that potentially bars people from participating in the New Mexico State Fair. The lawsuit is seeking to halt the mandate through a temporary restraining order and injunction. 

From the office of Mayor Dale Janway

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