The 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Friday refused to issue an emergency injunction to stop Maine's COVID-19 vaccine mandate.
A final ruling will likely be issued next week, according to Liberty Counsel, an organization representing more than 2,000 health care workers across the state in the lawsuit.
Maine Attorney General Aaron Frey applauded the decision.
The Epoch Times reached out to Frey's office for comments.
Maine Governor Janet Mills, a Democrat, announced her state's mandate on Aug. 12 that workers have until Oct. 29 to comply.
Exemptions were allowed for medical reasons. Unlike most states, Maine does not allow for religious or philosophical exemptions to vaccine requirements.
The plan was challenged by a group of healthcare workers who said they opposed COVID-19 vaccines because some vaccines were developed from cell lines of aborted fetuses. The workers also sued several healthcare companies where they work.
U.S. district judge Jon Levy ruled on Wednesday that Maine can bar religious exemptions to its requirement that healthcare workers in the state get vaccinated against COVID-19.
Levy, who was nominated by former President Barack Obama, said the healthcare workers who brought the case have not been prevented from staying true to their religious beliefs, although refusing the vaccine will cost them their jobs.
Maine removed religious exemptions from mandated vaccines in 2019 and voters overwhelmingly rejected a referendum challenging the law last year. As a result, the COVID-19 vaccine mandate is consistent with state law and does not single out religion, Levy said.
The Liberty Counsel and health care workers appealed to the 1st circuit after Levy's ruling.