Webinar: Obtaining a Vaccine Exemption
Register for an on-demand webinar which explains how to obtain an exemption from vaccination, including the COVID-19 vaccine.
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Individualized Assistance With Obtaining an Exemption
We have extensive experience in preparing, filing, and obtaining medical and religious exemptions to vaccination for employees, students and immigrants. If you would like to retain our services, please fill out our intake form.
Typically the most efficient and economical avenue to avoid a vaccine mandate is to obtain a religious or medical exemption. We have extensive experience in preparing, filing, and obtaining medical and religious exemptions for employees, students and immigrants, including bringing legal action when necessary. For religious exemptions, note that religion is defined broadly under applicable law, so you do not need to belong to any specific religion. Your religion does not have to be opposed to vaccination because it is the personal religious belief that matters. More information about each type of exemption is available below.
Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 requires employers to offer their employees medical or religious exemptions from vaccination, including for the COVID-19 vaccine. We have obtained exemptions for employees across the country and have filed numerous related cases.
Exemptions to school vaccination requirements vary by state. All states provide for a medical exemption which is often difficult to obtain and typically must meet the criteria set forth by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP). We regularly work with treating physicians and negotiate with school administrators to have valid medical exemptions approved.
Regarding school-aged children and college students, many states also provide a religious exemption. Most schools and institutions of higher education require that students (or parent if the student is a minor) submit a statement of beliefs describing their religous beliefs and practices. Schools and institutions of higher education are allowed, and often do, reject religious exemptions if they do not meet certain criteria. Through our webinar or personal representation, we can assist you in avoiding common pitfalls when submitting a religious exemption and have done so for families across the country.
A small number of states also allow for a philosophical or personal exemption, but efforts are underway to remove these exemptions. For this reason, if you have a medical or religious basis for an exemption, it may be prudent to obtain an exemption on one of those bases.
Under U.S. immigration laws, a foreign national applying for an immigrant visa abroad or seeking an adjustment of status to become a lawful permanent resident is required to present documentation showing the receipt of certain vaccines.
We assist individuals that seek to avoid these vaccines because of moral or ethical convictions or religious beliefs by assisting in preparing, as required by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), a Form I-601, Application for Waiver of Grounds of Inadmissibility along with your immigration application. (INA 212(g)(2)(C).)
Immigration law also provides for a medical exemption to those that qualify. (INA 212(g)(2)(B).) Grounds for obtaining a medical exemption can include the fact that there is no vaccine recommended for your specific age group, that you have a contraindication to a vaccine, or that you have had insufficient time to complete entire vaccine series. The civil surgeon conducting your examination will determine if you meet the criteria for a medical exemption to vaccination.
We have assisted numerous individuals in obtaining waivers to vaccination as part of their immigration process. We can work with individuals representing themselves or with your immigration attorney to seek approval of vaccine exemptions.
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