TUCSON (KVOA) – While more than 50 percent of the population of the United States is vaccinated, some have their reasons for not getting vaccinated.
One of the reasons is religion.
However, just pretending that you cannot get the vaccine because of your religion may not be enough to qualify someone for an exemption.
As COVID-19 vaccine mandates lead to more requests for exemptions, who is eligible?
“These people don’t need to tell you that you know of a particular religion that supports them. They are sort of arguing that they are against vaccination and they have that belief, with the strength of conviction of traditional believers, so it’s really quite wide, ”says Bernard Prusak.
UC Hastings law professor Dorit Reiss said there must be sound reasoning to seek an exemption.
“The court says religion here has to be something that concerns basic life and death issues and big issues. So it can’t be, I think, that vaccines are dangerous or I think the virus is. a hoax. It has to be a more general and deeper question, ”Reiss said.
According to Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, if an employee requests an exception for a COVID -19 vaccine because of religious beliefs, the employer must respond to that request if those beliefs are sincere and practiced.
If an employer has reason to question the sincerity of the request, they may request additional supporting information.
Research also shows that clergy are more likely to encourage COVID-19 vaccinations than to discourage them. The Diocese of Tucson echoes this sentiment.
“While vaccinations in general are a matter of individual decision, in particular cases the moral good of the community is so overriding that it takes precedence over our personal preferences, such as in the event of a pandemic,” said Bishop Edward. Weisenberger.