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Getting A Religious Exemption To A Vaccine Mandate May Not Be Easy. Here's Why

Added 09-28-21 01:07:01pm EST - “With COVID-19 vaccine mandates taking effect around the country, requests for religious exemptions are on the rise. Under federal law, employers have a lot of discretion in granting the requests.” - Npr.org

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Npr.org: “Getting A Religious Exemption To A Vaccine Mandate May Not Be Easy. Here's Why”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

The waiting area of a pop-up vaccination site at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York City sits empty as the rush for vaccinations winds down on June 27, 2021. David Dee Delgado/Getty Images hide caption

The waiting area of a pop-up vaccination site at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York City sits empty as the rush for vaccinations winds down on June 27, 2021.

More and more employers are ordering workers to get vaccinated against COVID-19 without the option of getting tested instead. Now, workers are pushing back.

In Washington, D.C., more than 400 fire and emergency medical workers applied for religious exemptions to the city's vaccine mandate. In Los Angeles, roughly a quarter of the police department is expected to seek religious exemptions.

How many of those requests will ultimately be approved is unknown. Already, some employers are taking a harder line than others. Under the law, employers have a lot of discretion when granting religious exemptions.

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