How to Get a COVID Vaccine Religious Exemption
A step-by-step guide for getting a religious exemption to your employer or school's COVID vaccine mandate.
Now that Pfizer’s “Comirnaty” COVID vaccine has received full approval, you should prepare yourself for a barrage of vaccine mandates. With the love our current administration and U.S. health officials have for stomping on our rights, it’s inevitable that you’ll eventually be in the position of having to obtain a medical or religious vaccine exemption to get out of this monstrosity of a mass experiment.
Even though religious exemptions are available, many people don’t realize it and have no idea how to go about getting one. This article is designed to help you do just that.
(Note, this article is for informational purposes only and is not legal advice. Although I can’t guarantee that your religious exemption will be accepted, if it isn’t … it won’t be because you didn’t craft a superb religious argument. It will be because your school or employer wants you to take them to court. In addition, I’m a Christian, so I’m going to use Christianity as the example, but you can apply this post to your own religion.)
Here is a step-by-step guide for getting a religious exemption to your employer or school's COVID vaccine mandate:
Step 1: Find out if your school or workplace allows religious exemptions.
Whether you’re dealing with a school or employer, first check to see if a religious exemption is offered. (If they say ‘no,’ ask someone else. Most people who work in college admin offices are clueless. If they still say ‘no,’ say you’d like to submit one anyway and ask to whom you should direct it.)
Emergency Use Authorization: As long as a COVID vaccine is authorized under emergency use authorization (EUA), it must be voluntary. Moderna and Johnson & Johnson (J & J) are only authorized under EUA.
Although the FDA fully approved Pfizer’s “Comirnaty” vaccine for people over age 16 Aug. 23, buried in the fine print of the approval are two critical facts that affect whether the vaccine can be mandated and whether Pfizer can be held responsible for harm caused by its product.
First, the FDA said the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine under the EUA should remain unlicensed but can be used “interchangeably” (page 2, footnote 8) with the newly licensed Comirnaty product.
Second, the FDA said the licensed Pfizer Comirnaty vaccine and the existing EUA Pfizer vaccine are “legally distinct,” but their differences do not “impact safety or effectiveness.”
However, there is a huge difference between products approved under EUA and those the FDA has fully licensed. EUA products are experimental under U.S. law. Both the Nuremberg Code and federal regulations provide that no one can force a human being to participate in this experiment.
Under 21 U.S. Code Sec.360bbb-3(e)(1)(A)(ii)(III), “authorization for medical products for use in emergencies,” it is unlawful to deny someone a job or an education because they refuse to be an experimental subject. In other words, COVID vaccines authorized for emergency use must be voluntary.
U.S. laws, however, permit employers and schools to require students and workers to take licensed vaccines.
Essentially, the "Comirnaty" vaccine does not exist yet, but this is what they issued the approval for in an effort to both fully approve Pfizer’s vaccine and shield the company from liability. However, in doing so, this means that the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine is still experimental –– which also means you technically have the right to opt out.
Workplace Mandates: Federal law allows vaccine exemptions for employees based on religious beliefs under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission confirmed this exemption in May 2021.
“Federal EEO laws do not prevent an employer from requiring all employees physically entering the workplace to be vaccinated for COVID-19, so long as employers comply with the reasonable accommodation provisions of the ADA and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and other EEO considerations,” the commission said in a statement.
College Mandates: Most colleges mandating COVID vaccines also allow religious exemptions. Check before allowing yourself to fall into the pits of despair because your college said your child had to be vaccinated and conveniently left out the part about religious exemptions. (It’s in the fine print.) If your college doesn’t allow religious exemptions, enroll at a college that does.
School Mandates: Vaccine mandates for small children are coming. Some states do not allow religious exemptions for school “immunizations.” These states include Maine, Connecticut, Vermont, California, Mississippi, West Virginia, and New York. The remaining 43 states do, though you’ll need to check your state’s laws to see whether the language says the exemption applies for vaccines only on the pediatric schedule or all immunizations.
Step 2: Your argument must center around your “closely held religious beliefs.”
Do not start your statement by telling a story. It’s not going to help you. Likewise, your religious objections to the COVID vaccine has nothing to do with safety studies, vaccine injuries, what’s moral or ethical, or your beliefs in bodily autonomy. If you go down this road, you should be prepared to roll up your sleeve or find a new school or job. These arguments are philosophical arguments that would be used to obtain a philosophical exemption.
If crafting a statement (and depending on what’s required of you), either go right into your religious objections based on your “closely held religious beliefs” or drop a little authority at the top to remind the good people reading your letter that you have the right to a religious exemption, and it’s in their best interests not to mess with that.
What you’ll say is that you are asserting your right to a religious accommodation under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (42 U.S. Code § 2000e), which prohibits discrimination against a sincerely held religious belief, practice, or observance.
You can also include 21 U.S.C. § 360bbb-3, especially if you’re dealing with a vaccine under EUA or a mandate for a child under 16. The FDA’s EUA materials for Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson all say the injections must be voluntary.
In addition, EEOC guidance says employers must make religious accommodations for vaccines, the U.S. Constitution’s first amendment guarantees the free exercise of your religion, the Supreme Court has long recognized the government may (and sometimes must) accommodate religious practices and that it may do so without violating the Establishment Clause. And most importantly, you have a closely held religious belief that prevents you from getting a COVID vaccine.
If you’re dealing with school or college mandates and you’re in a state that allows religious exemptions to vaccines, look up your state’s law and include the statutory authority if needed. (I would recommend the National Vaccine Information Center for information on each state’s exemptions.)
Here’s an example using Illinois:
Title 77 of the Illinois Administrative Code, Chapter 1, Subchapter i, Part 665, Section 665.510 gives me the right as a parent to object to my child’s immunizations” on religious grounds and applies to any public, private or parochial school or a preschool program operated by an elementary or secondary school or institution of higher learning.
Step 3: Don’t talk about your denomination unless your denomination’s position helps you.
The mainstream media loves to try and convince people they don’t have the right to a religious exemption because no prominent pastor or religious leader they’ve deemed a spokesperson for God has had the ballzingas to publicly oppose vaccinations (and if he did, he would be censored).
Don’t waste your time arguing in your letter why the Pope, the Vatican, prosperity gospel pastor, or that one guy who wrote a pro-vax argument for Focus on the Family or The Gospel Coalition were wrong. It’s irrelevant because it doesn’t matter what they think. They’re not God, they didn’t write the Bible, and you have your own closely held religious beliefs.
I would include the following in my letter: “I am a Christian and I have a closely held religious belief that prevents me from getting a COVID vaccine. The authority I adhere to is the Bible and that authority is derived from God.”
Step 4: Craft your religious argument using biblical citations as needed.
If you’re required to write a statement with your specific religious objections, the only thing that should make the cut are legitimate arguments with biblical citations (if using the Bible) based on your closely held religious beliefs that flow down from whatever religion you subscribe to, book you use as your authority, or God you worship.
1 Corinthians 16:19-20 is by far, the most important verse that needs to be referenced in your religious exemption. Why? Because not all vaccines contain aborted baby ingredients and this verse covers it all.
1 Corinthians 6:19-20, ESV
“Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.”
Vaccines contain neurotoxins, hazardous substances, adenovirus (J&J), animal ingredients, foreign DNA, aborted fetal cells, DNA, and protein (J & J), carcinogens, and chemical wastes that are harmful to the body and are produced using practices that “violate my closely held religious beliefs” (and/or the tenants of my religion).
Not only are the additives in vaccines considered contaminants from a biblical standpoint, the contaminants themselves are often contaminated. In the Bible, blood represented the life force of the human or animal. Human blood was to be kept pure under all circumstances and free of contaminants (Genesis 9:4, Leviticus 17:11, 17:14, Deuteronomy 12:23, Leviticus 17:10, Acts 15:20, and Acts 15:29).
“Since vaccine preparation involves the use of materials of biological origin, vaccines are subject to contamination by micro-organisms. […] The increasing number of target species for vaccines, the diversity of the origin of biological materials and the extremely high number of known and unknown viruses and their constant evolution represent a challenge to vaccine producers and regulatory authorities.”
Of the three vaccines currently authorized for use in the U.S., only J & J actually contains aborted fetal ingredients. According to the FDA’s EUA fact sheet for healthcare providers, the Ad26 vector expressing the SARS-CoV-2 S protein in J & J’s vaccine is grown in PER.C6 TetR cells. The PER C6 tumorigenic cell line came from the retinal cells of a healthy 18 week-old fetus aborted for social reasons.
The EUA materials for J & J state that “each dose may also contain residual amounts of host cell proteins and/or host cell DNA.”
However, all three vaccine-makers used aborted fetal ingredients in research, development, and/or production. For biblical support against injecting a product that contains residual DNA, cells, tissue, and protein from an aborted baby, or is manufactured by a company that used aborted babies for research, development, and production, use the following verses:
“Thou shalt not murder” (Exodus 20:13 and Deuteronomy 5:13). Children are recognized from God at the point of conception (Genesis 4:1, Genesis 17, and Jeremiah 1:5), are knit together by God in the womb (Psalm 139:13-16, Psalm 22:10-11, and Galatians 1:15), are blessings from God (Genesis 1:28, Genesis 4:1, Psalms 127:3, and Psalms 113:7-9), are valued and loved (Matthew 18:1-14 and 19:13-15), are created in His image (Genesis 1:27), and their killing is condemned (Psalm 106:35 and Psalm 37-38). The prophet Amos condemns the Ammonites because they “ripped open expectant mothers in Gilead” (Amos 1:13), and child killing was one of the major reasons that God’s anger burned against the Kingdom of Israel bringing about their destruction and exile (2 Kings 17:17-18).
If you’re going for the works (which is completely optional), you can talk about God’s sovereignty and throw in some super fun Bible verses about pharmakeia. But hopefully, you won’t need to.