The debate about COVID-19 vaccine mandates is heating to a boiling point. Hospitals are understaffed due to losing workers who would rather be fired than get the shots. Schools are considering staff wide mandates – and in the case of California, possibly student body mandates for the vaccine. 

With so much controversy surrounding the relatively new vaccine, its potential side effects, and personal liberty concerns about imposing mandates, many workers have filed religious exemptions to avoid getting the vaccine.

How to get a religious exemption

In order to receive a religious exemption, a worker must fill out an application and submit it to their employer. The application is then evaluated and either approved or denied. Factors such as past religious exemptions from other vaccines and objections to other mainstream medical procedures such as prescription painkillers are considered.  

Documentation proving past religious exemptions from other vaccines can help prove an applicant’s sincerity in seeking to obtain one for the COVID-19 vaccine. Many employees filing the paperwork have never objected to past vaccines, and that is taken into account by the decision makers. 

How are applications approved or denied?

Updated guidance from the Safer Federal Workforce Task Force cautions that “determining whether an exception is legally required will include consideration of factors such as…the reasonably foreseeable effects on the agency’s operations, including protecting other agency employees and the public from COVID-19.”

So, each application for religious exemption will be weighed against the risks of another unvaccinated person mingling with other employees and members of the general public. The effects on the greater populace will be considered when approving or denying each individual’s request to not get the vaccine. 

Employers are legally allowed to question employees about the applications. Church attendance is not necessarily a deciding factor; religious beliefs and practices that take place outside of traditional religious institutions can still be counted as legitimate reasons for refusing the vaccine. Scrutiny is mainly placed on the person’s sincerely held beliefs and convictions.

Overall effect of religious exemptions

Data is not available for overall numbers of religious exemptions granted for COVID-19 shots. Numbers of applicants for this workaround to the mandate have shot up across the board in many industries, though. Each individual’s success in obtaining an exemption and keeping their job depends on a number of variables, so results are not necessarily predictable. 

The net effect will be evident in the near future, though. With medical professionals pushing back and choosing to lose their jobs rather than get the jab and vital industries such as public schools entering the mandate wars, the approval or denial of these exemptions will have a larger ripple effect on society in general. 

4 thoughts on “Everything You Need to Know About Religious Exemptions”
  1. Why so many articles about the Covid-19 virus when said virus has not been able to be isolated by anyone in the whole world. It does not exist. What does exist is influenza, which ironically, practically disappeared since 2020. Why? Logical; it is now being called Covid-19. Why is it that so many people don’t see the connection? Every year, hundreds of thousands of people die from influenza. I read that the same number of people that died from influenza in 2018-2019 is the same as people who died from Covid-19 in 2020-2021. So, being that this info is available to be researched, why do people still think there is a pandemic; more like a plandemic to most of us logical people. The whole idea of the fear-mongering was to ensure that most people will fall for the vaccine, which many have done and now have regretted it if they are still alive. All I’m saying is that writing articles about Covid-19 virus does not make any sense. It was made up by the evil governments and their cronies, like Bill Gates, to forward their vaccination agenda to reduce the world population and be able to enslave the survivors while they continue to enrich themselves. I pray that people wake up already. If Bill Gates wants so desperately to reduce the population, he should kill himself and his family and leave the rest of us alone. There will be justice and I’m not talking about justice in our crooked judicial system; I’m talking about when-you-die justice. These cronies will have to answer to God, and as merciful as He is, they will pay the ultimate price because I am sure none of them will repent knowing that what they have done is the ultimate sin if given the opportunity by our merciful Father, God Almighty. God will prevail; He always does.

  2. I remember when I was in school we got vaccinated, we just did it no one refused it and we were not asked if we wanted it, we just did it. This was small pox, and the new one then was polio. I went in the military we just lined up and got shots in both arms, then more shots when we went over seas, no one cried about it we just done it. I think a person should do this because they know it is the right thing to do, not because they are being forced too. I do what ever to not get sick. We have been told so many different things about this disease and the shots it is hard to know what to know what is true, even Drs. can’t agree. Make up your own mind but let the other person do the same.
    the old marine

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