Attention Healthcare Workers

Obtain a Religious or Medical Exemption from a Vaccine Mandate

Thousands of healthcare workers across the country are mandated by their employers to take a vaccine even though it violates their faith or conscience. If you are in this position, we can potentially assist you. Under federal law, two exemptions exist that allow you to refuse a mandated vaccine AND keep your job: religious and medical. These exemptions apply even if you seek to avoid a booster requirement and have previously received the same vaccine.

You have a right to be free from discrimination based on sincere religious beliefs. You do not have to belong to organized religion; if you are, your affiliated religion does not have to be opposed to vaccination. Instead, your personal and sincere religious beliefs entitle you to the exemption. Your employer must accommodate your religious accommodation request if you have a genuine religious objection, and the accommodation would not impose undue hardship.

Although you can submit a religious exemption on your own, it is not recommended. Religious accommodation requests are evaluated by human resources or lawyers, not clergy, based on technical legal requirements.

Federal law also permits a medical exemption. However, to be eligible for a medical exemption, you must meet the requirements set forth by the Americans with Disabilities Act. Medical exemptions are also reviewed by human resources or attorneys and require careful strategic consideration and usually a letter from an attorney setting forth applicable law.

The attorneys at Siri and Glimstad are available to assist you. If you desire to exempt a vaccine mandate, we may be able to help you navigate the complex legal process and give you the best chance at approval.