First of all the fact that we are being required to get PERMISSION to exercise our freedom of religion is bull. But given so many are stuck living in this nightmare – here are some things to consider when dealing with the “Covid Accomadations” mess.
Assuming you need a religious exemption from the COVID‐19 Vaccine, here’s where to start
and some things you want to say.
Start by reading this: https://www.flfamily.org/wp%E2%80%90content/uploads/COVID%E2%80%90Vaccination%E2%80%90Religious%E2%80%90Accommodation%E2%80%90Primer%E2%80%90for%E2%80%90Allied%E2%80%90Attorneys.pdf
There is a good sample request for religious accommodation in Appendix B of the above link (PDF page 39). Use that as a starting point.
Explain your religious or sincere beliefs and why you need an exemption.
If you’re a Christian, you’ll want to note that you consider abortion to be murder.
- Jeremiah 1:4‐5 & Psalm 139:13‐16 both show that life starts in the womb (at conception).
- You can note that murder is evil and against your religious beliefs (Exodus 20:13).
You’ll want to note that the vaccines have been developed using fetal cell lines – note HEK‐293
and PER.C6 and quote this source: https://www.nebraskamed.com/COVID/you‐asked‐weanswered‐do‐the‐covid‐19‐vaccines‐contain‐aborted‐fetal‐cells
Make sure you state that you cannot receive a COVID‐19 vaccine because it would violate your
sincerely held religious beliefs (in this case, using fetal tissue for the vaccine).
Make your request for a religious accommodation:
“I am requesting a religious accommodation, under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Wisconsin Fair Employment Act that will excuse me from having to receive a COVID‐19 vaccine, and further request that no adverse employment action be taken against me on account of my religious beliefs.”
Sign and date your request and send it directly to your human resources department.
Stay focused on your religious exemption request – stay away from politics, experimental use,
new vaccine questions, side effects, etc. They all may be legitimate concerns but stay focused
on your religious exemption.
You don’t need anything from a church or pastor, just a sincerely held belief.
Your beliefs can be more recent or newly‐acquired – just say so if it is – just stress how sincerely
your belief is, maybe offer a reason for your new beliefs based on something that has happened
recently in your life.
Be truthful. The Truth is always a good idea.
CLOSING – Understand that an accommodation may lead to not having to take the vaccine, but they might require testing, masking, or other accommodations