Posted BY: Jim Hoft

A federal judge in Ohio blocked the Air Force’s plan to expel thousands of unvaccinated service members and enforcing the vaccine requirement against COVID-19 on Thursday.

American Military News reported that Trump-appointed Judge Matthew W. McFarland of Ohio’s Southern District granted a temporary restraining order after service members sued the Air Force Secretary to provide religious exemptions to the COVID-19 vaccine mandate.

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“McFarland’s ruling grants class status in a class action lawsuit to Airmen, Space Force Guardians, Air National Guardsmen and Air Force Academy and Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps (AFROTC) cadets who submitted a religious accommodation request for the vaccine mandate from Sept. 1, 2021, to the present, and who were confirmed by an Air Force Chaplain as having had a sincerely held religious belief, and who either had their requests denied or still-pending accommodations,” the news outlet reported.

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