ProPublica: Vaccine Medical Exemptions Are Rare. Thousands of Nursing Home Workers Have Them.

ProPublica: Vaccine Medical Exemptions Are Rare. Thousands of Nursing Home Workers Have Them.. “Although few reasons exist for claiming a medical exemption, nearly 20,000 nursing home workers nationwide, or about 1 in 100, have obtained them, according to a ProPublica analysis of federal data. That rate is three times that of nursing home residents, a notably vulnerable group, who didn’t get the vaccine for medical reasons.”

Defense One: DOD Grants First Religious Waivers for COVID Vaccine

Defense One: DOD Grants First Religious Waivers for COVID Vaccine. “In all, some 18,500 U.S. troops have requested such exemptions. The Air Force received the highest number of requests with 10,766, followed by the Marine Corps with 3,350, the Navy with 2,844, and the Army with 1,746. No other branch has reported an approved request, but have provided data on the number of disapproved accommodations.”

The News Tribune: Doctor wrote bogus COVID vaccine exemptions for patients, Washington officials say

The News Tribune: Doctor wrote bogus COVID vaccine exemptions for patients, Washington officials say. “A Washington doctor has been barred from issuing COVID-19 vaccination exemptions after she administered misleading exemptions to patients, according to court documents. Anna Elperin, an osteopathic physician and surgeon in Ellensburg, Washington, had her license restricted and the Washington State Department of Health is conducting an investigation into the doctor.”

Poynter: Americans say too many people are claiming religious conflicts with vaccines

Poynter: Americans say too many people are claiming religious conflicts with vaccines. “59% of respondents said too many people are claiming religious exemptions from vaccine mandates and 45% said nobody should be able to make such a claim. But the survey says the majority of Americans do see a place for people who are serious about claiming a religious conflict with immunizations, especially if they have a track record for making such claims about other vaccinations.”

CNN: New York state health care workers will no longer have religious exemption to Covid-19 vaccine mandate, court rules

CNN: New York state health care workers will no longer have religious exemption to Covid-19 vaccine mandate, court rules. “New York State health care workers will no longer have a religious exemption to the state’s Covid-19 vaccine mandate after a federal appeals court vacated a temporary injunction Friday. The three-judge panel in the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit also sent the two court cases back to the lower courts to continue.”

Retired doctor’s license suspended after state found she mailed fake vaccine exemption forms: ‘Let freedom ring!’ (Washington Post)

Washington Post: Retired doctor’s license suspended after state found she mailed fake vaccine exemption forms: ‘Let freedom ring!’. “Over the summer, an anonymous tipster reached out to the Connecticut Department of Public Health with an alarming complaint. Sue McIntosh, a retired physician, was mailing fake coronavirus vaccine and mask exemption forms to those who reached out and followed her instructions, the person reported. All a requester had to do, the tipster wrote, was send McIntosh a stamped and self-addressed manila envelope ‘for every person you would like an exemption for.’”

San Francisco Chronicle: Nearly 200 S.F. police staff want religious exemptions from city’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate

San Francisco Chronicle: Nearly 200 S.F. police staff want religious exemptions from city’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate. “Nearly 200 members of the San Francisco Police Department have applied for a religious exemption from the city’s employee vaccine mandate, the highest number of waiver requests from any city department, by far. About 91% of the city’s 35,140-person workforce is fully or partially vaccinated, but 2,706 employees, or 7.7%, still have not been vaccinated. Meanwhile, 1.4% of workers — 489— haven’t reported their status.”

Conservative Baptist Pastor Sees “No Credible Religious Argument” Against Vaccines (Mother Jones)

Mother Jones: Conservative Baptist Pastor Sees “No Credible Religious Argument” Against Vaccines. “…several large churches have announced that they will not be granting any exemptions, including the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Previously, Catholics, who are anti-abortion, expressed concern that coronavirus vaccine research used fetal cell lines. However, the vaccine itself does not contain any and the Vatican announced that Catholics may receive the vaccine in good conscience. ”

First Baptist’s Robert Jeffress: ‘There is no credible religious argument against the vaccines’ (Dallas Morning News)

Dallas Morning News: First Baptist’s Robert Jeffress: ‘There is no credible religious argument against the vaccines’. “As Americans increasingly seek religious exemptions from COVID-19 vaccine mandates, many faith leaders are telling them no. With more employers imposing the mandates, the push for exemptions has become more heated. At issue for many whose faith leads them to oppose abortion is that the most widely used coronavirus vaccines were tested on fetal cell lines developed over decades in laboratories, though the vaccines themselves do not contain any such material.”

Poynter: What are the legit medical exemptions for vaccine mandates?

Poynter: What are the legit medical exemptions for vaccine mandates?. “There is no single list that every employer or business will accept to exempt a person from a vaccine mandate, but there are some more I want to cite. Philadelphia Inquirer reporter Tom Avril wrote a bang-up piece on this issue that I used as a launchpad for this item. Here are some conditions and scenarios that people or health care professionals commonly cite when seeking a medical exemption.”