Democratic Gov. Janet Mills doubled down Thursday on her mandate that healthcare workers in Maine get the COVID-19 vaccination as a condition of working the state.
In August of 2021, the Mills Administration declared that all healthcare workers would have to get the experimental mRNA injections or else be fired from their jobs by Oct. 1, 2021. Unlike mandates in other states and municipalities, Mills rejected exemptions for religious reasons.
At the time, there was little evidence that the vaccine limited transmission of the virus, yet stopping the spread of the virus was and remains the Mills Administration’s reason for imposing the requirement on Maine’s health care workers.
A judge in New York recently struck down a New York City COVID-19 vaccine mandate, specifically noting that the vaccine mandate made little sense considering the available drugs do not inhibit transmission of the virus.
Liberty Counsel, a non-profit legal firm that litigates in defense of religious freedom, has represented Maine health care workers suing to get the mandate overturned. That litigation is ongoing.
Liberty Counsel estimates nearly 2,000 Maine healthcare workers were fired or voluntarily left healthcare work as a result of the mandate.