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An Australian paramedic who launched a legal challenge to be exempted from receiving COVID-19 vaccines has had his case dismissed by a Supreme Court justice. John Larter, a veteran New South Wales (NSW) paramedic and deputy mayor of the Snowy Valleys Council, filed a lawsuit against the NSW State Health Minister Brad Hazzard challenging a public health order mandating health workers receive the first dose of the vaccine by Sept. 30, and the second dose by Nov. 30. Larter also sought an exemption from vaccination on religious grounds. His lawyers said last week that the paramedic finds the COVID-19 vaccines “morally repugnant” due to his Roman Catholicism, morality, and conservative political views, The Canberra Times reported. The deputy mayor also argued that the court should invalidate the NSW law for various other reasons, including that it was “unreasonable” for unvaccinated workers to be terminated for a temporary pandemic. Larter launched an online fundraiser to cover his legal costs, which had …