How Americans can resist coronavirus shot mandates – a comprehensive guide
Here is a comprehensive list of resources, including sample exemption letters, for Americans seeking relief from forced coronavirus injections.
Fri Sep 10, 2021 - 4:52 pm EDT
(LifeSiteNews) – Americans in many different fields of work are suddenly having to choose between taking an abortion-tainted, poorly tested, and dangerous coronavirus injection or being fired from their jobs. Students are also having their educational opportunities denied without proof of COVID-19 vaccination. As many conservative commentators on Twitter are pointing out, over the course of 18 months, “15 days to slow the spread” turned into “two shots to feed your family.”
President Joe Biden’s September 9 announcement, that all employers with over 100 employees will soon be required to force those employees to receive coronavirus injections or submit to weekly testing, will impact an estimated 80 million Americans. The edict is stricter for federal employees and contractors, and healthcare workers at facilities that receive Medicaid or Medicare: they must submit to the vaccine and there is no testing opt-out option. It does appear that religious and medical exemptions will be accepted by the government.
Most of the below exemption resources can be used by physicians, nurses, students, or employees of any company. Most are not specific to any field. Read this resource carefully and fully to determine the best letter for your situation. Obtaining an exemption is not overly complicated.
Notice to readers: If you are aware of any additional resources that have been missed in this document, please click here and choose “Submit a News Tip” to send your information. This document will be updated as additional information is received and verified. Obviously, nothing in this article is meant to constitute legal advice.
The exception to the above note about the ease with which exemptions can be obtained is the military.
Here is what Children of God for Life says about military vaccine exemptions:
Military personnel in active duty may or may not be allowed an exemption depending on permission granted by the Commanding Officer. (Read the story of one US Coast Guard officer who fought and won.) However, military dependents are allowed religious exemptions. Click here to access the Military Dependent Children Vaccine waiver form.
Military matters are further complicated because active-duty military personnel essentially give up some of their basic rights upon joining the armed forces. The military even has its own legal system through which members can be court-martialed. “The application of military law to members of the military reflects a recognition that such individuals are subject to different duties and expectations than civilian citizens,” Justia explains.
This is the only sample language for requesting a religious accommodation or exemption for members of the military of which LifeSiteNews is aware.
Service members should also carefully read this primer from Children’s Health Defense on religious liberty and vaccine exemptions in the military.
Biden’s mandate that all employers with over 100 workers force their employees to be injected will impact every diocese and likely almost every Catholic university in the U.S. How strictly the vaccine will be forced upon priests and laity employed by Catholic institutions will depend on how far left the diocese or school is. Catholics who can’t get a medical exemption may well need to find another job. Priests are in a particularly difficult situation. Priests can contact LifeSiteNews or attempt to use one of the below resources if they are trying to avoid being jabbed.
OPTIONS FOR MOST PEOPLE
Options for avoiding an employer- or university- mandated vaccine are: obtain a medical exemption, obtain a religious exemption, ask for accommodation (like being allowed to work from home if one works for a small company), or sue.
State law matters: Employees will have much recourse if they live in a state like Florida, rather than New York, Oregon, or California. Fourteen Republican governors have said they will push back against Biden’s vaccine edict. Meanwhile, Montana law actually prohibits proof of coronavirus vaccination as a condition of employment. How will that work for huge companies like Amazon or Walmart?
Thomas More Society, a not-for-profit, national public interest law firm dedicated to restoring respect in law for life, family, and religious liberty, has published guidelines for those seeking exemption to the COVID vaccine mandates.
If you have a contraindication to the coronavirus vaccine or are seeking a medical exemption based on previous infection and thus natural immunity to the coronavirus, the easiest way to file a medical exemption is by getting a trusted doctor to write one for you.
Pregnant women, those with allergies to vaccine ingredients, people who went into anaphylactic shock or had a similar adverse reaction after their first coronavirus vaccine dose are also likely to seek medical exemptions.
Many Christians oppose the taking of vaccines that were tested on or contain body parts of aborted babies (a full chart showing which vaccines in use in the U.S. – and not just those for COVID-19 – were created unethically and which were created ethically can be accessed HERE). Others oppose vaccination for other reasons.
As numerous Catholic bishops have explained, the moral teaching of the Catholic Church holds that “a person may be required to refuse a medical intervention, including a vaccination, if his or her conscience comes to this judgment.”
Recent documents and statements from the Vatican, the Pontifical Academy for Life, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, and modern catechetical teachings note that although the Church allows Catholics to take abortion-tainted vaccines or medicines if no other options are available and the intent is to preserve life, vaccination itself must be voluntary.
Catholics opposed to taking the coronavirus vaccine needn’t necessarily submit a Catholic-specific letter but can use a more general Christian letter that does not contradict Catholic teaching. Given the divide amongst U.S. bishops and in the hierarchy in general about the vaccine, this may be wise.
Liberty Council has a sample letter for Christians who do not want to take the coronavirus vaccines for religious reasons.
“In order for an employee or student to prevail under a claim for a religious exemption, whether based on pro-life or other religious beliefs, religious beliefs must be sincerely held, and the requested accommodation must be ‘reasonable,’ and not constitute an undue hardship on the employer or institution,” Liberty Council explains. “The manner in which the employer or institution continued its operations in 2020, prior to the availability of the COVID shots, establishes a baseline of treatment of employees or students that is not an ‘undue hardship.’ It will NEVER be an ‘undue hardship’ for the entity to allow the employee or student to continue doing what was considered ‘safe and effective’ or ‘mitigating’ in the absence of the vaccine.”
The eminent legal group continues, “However, such treatment may become discriminatory, if novel or additional restrictions or requirements are applied to the person who should otherwise be exempt. If the COVID shots work, those people who have received them are protected, and it is not an undue hardship for individuals who have religious objections to not receive such shots.”
Liberty Council also provides a sample “pastor verification letter.” Such a letter “is beneficial to proving the sincerity of the belief, but is not legally required. It is nonetheless very helpful in substantiating a claim that one’s belief is religious in nature, and that it is sincere.”
Liberty Council urges people not to copy the text of their sample letters verbatim but let them serve as a “guide only.”
Liberty Council has a simple process on their website that anyone seeking a religious exemption can follow:
1. Watch Vaccine Exemption Guide Video with Mat Staver
2. Fill out our legal help form
3. Ask employer for a religious exemption – Sample Letters
Liberty Counsel Sample
Liberty Council also has a huge trove of legal and medical information about coronavirus vaccines on this page, which they regularly update.
America’s Frontline Doctors has a list of statements from different faith leaders (Catholic, Jewish, Evangelical/Non-denominational Christian) about the coronavirus vaccines that can be used to support religious exemptions or help formulate a person’s exemption.
Although, as noted above, it is not generally legal for employers to demand verification from a religious leader of a person’s deeply held beliefs, it can be beneficial.
The Catholic bishops of Colorado have a letter template that Catholics can have their pastors sign when seeking a religious exemption from a vaccine mandate.
Another option for Catholics is to join the Confraternity of Our Lady of Fatima. Members or those wanting to become members can follow the simple process outlined on this page to request a personally signed letter from Bishop Athanasius Schneider. His Excellency will attest to a person’s membership in a Catholic organization, namely the Confraternity of Our Lady of Fatima, that holds that abortion-tainted vaccines are gravely immoral.
The Confraternity of Our Lady of Fatima also provides the following religious exemption letter template which can be downloaded and modified.
“It has been reviewed by trusted legal counsel,” the Confraternity says. “However, it is not legal advice and it does not guarantee you will receive an accommodation. You should carefully review this language and confirm that it accurately reflects your individual beliefs and objections.” The Confraternity also notes that the Thomas More Society accepts requests for legal help via this form.
First Liberty has produced a very easy-to-read pamphlet on religious liberty and vaccines that includes sample language for requesting a religious accommodation or exemption. The samples are:
A general request for a religious accommodation based on Christianity.
A request for an accommodation focused on the teachings of the Catholic Church, which includes an accompanying essay by Father Kevin Flannery, S.J., “Avoiding Illicit Involvement with Evil.”
A request for an accommodation focused on the teachings of Islam provided to us by Dr. Abdullah bin Hamid Ali, Associate Professor of Islamic Law at Zaytuna College.
A military exemption request for religious accommodation form. (LifeSiteNews is not aware of any military-specific sample religious exemption letters other than this one.)
Personhood Alliance also provides a sample religious exemption letter that can be printed and signed.
Richmond, Virginia-based Founding Freedoms Law Center provides via its website sample religious exemption request letters for employees and college students. It also provides a sample Virginia certificate of religious exemption for all childhood vaccinations typically required for school attendance, and exemption letters related to face masks.
Children of God for Life provides a sample Catholic religious exemption here. The group provides more information about religious exemptions to vaccines here.
Advocates for Faith & Freedom has a form through which people can request a religious exemption letter template.
Andrew Torba of Gab has posted a sample religious exemption template for college students that addresses the fact that many students entering college in the U.S. will have received childhood vaccinations that were unethically made or to which they may not necessarily have been able to consent.
Lawyer Robert Barnes has posted at this link a sample religious exemption letter.
The above resources are free. For anywhere from $59 to $175, TheHealthyAmerican.org will provide religious exemption consulting and the option to mail forms to a pastor to be signed. The group also provides a fact sheet about religious exemptions.
For approximately $1,400 (the cost varies based on the situation), the lawyers at the high-powered law firm Siri & Glimstad will provide individualized assistance with preparing, filing, and obtaining medical or religious exemptions. Their intake form is available here.
The Republican National Committee has already announced it is suing Biden over his employer vaccine mandate.
“Like many Americans, I am pro-vaccine and anti-mandate,” said RNC Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel. “Many small businesses and workers do not have the money or legal resources to fight Biden’s unconstitutional actions and authoritarian decrees, but when his decree goes into effect, the RNC will sue the administration to protect Americans and their liberties.”
The Daily Wire has also retained legal counsel and will not comply with the mandate.
Liberty Council lists instructions at the bottom of this page for nursing students, students, and employees whose requests for religious exemptions to the vaccine have been denied. Nursing students, students, and employees seeking legal help can follow those instructions to contact Liberty Council about next legal steps.
America’s Frontline Doctors has a form through which you can contact them if you are looking for an attorney in your state to help if your employer is attempting to force you to take the vaccine.
Anyone wishing to make his or her employer aware of possible liabilities of mandating the coronavirus vaccines can give his or her employer this form (provided by America’s Frontline Doctors) and ask that the employer fill it out. (The form is also available here.) He or she can then go to this link and click “vaccine public letter,” edit the parts in red, and deliver it to his or her employer.
The New Civil Liberties Alliance is representing people who have natural immunity to the coronavirus in their legal battle against
Michigan State University’s vaccine mandate. Their website does not advertise that they are taking new clients, but their legal reasoning may be useful to any attorneys with which you are working.
Roger Severino, the former Director of the Office of Civil Rights at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), has noted that it is against the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) to force unvaccinated employees to be tested for the coronavirus. Forcing employees to submit to medical tests is technically against the ADA, but LifeSiteNews is not aware of any lawsuits that address this yet.
The “vax-or-test” schemes that the federal government has mandated for private employers with over 100 workers appear to violate the ADA and could easily be challenged in court.
“Some argue that even if irrational or retaliatory, forced COVID testing does not impose a big enough indignity to sue over,” Severino wrote on July 30, 2021. “Let’s not be naïve. The DOJ memo and yesterday’s announcement are merely dress rehearsals for the ultimate goal of imposing a national vaccine mandate.”
“When asked…about whether he has the power to do such a thing, Biden said it is still an open question,” he warned. “In truth, the answer comes down to one thing — whether or not Biden thinks he can get away with it. Like the proverbial slow-boiling frog, if there is not a strong reaction now, we’ll all be cooked soon.”
As evidenced by yesterday’s vaccine mandate announcement, Biden apparently does indeed think he has the power to impose what essentially amounts to a national vaccine mandate. It’s now up to regular Americans who don’t want the federal government dictating their deeply personal and consequential medical decisions to stand up and fight back in every way possible.
Action Items for Vaccine Mandates and Passports in Schools and Workplaces
Maryland Statue §7–403
(b) (1) Unless the Secretary of Health declares an emergency or an epidemic of disease, a child whose parent or guardian objects to immunization on the ground that it conflicts with the parent’s or guardian’s bona fide religious beliefs and practices may not be required to present a physician’s certification of immunization to be admitted to school.
(2) The Secretary of Health shall adopt rules and regulations for religious exemptions under this subsection.
Secretary of Health page 6 of 8
A. Using the form provided by the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, a student whose parent or guardian objects to immunization on the ground that the immunization conflicts with the parent's or guardian's bona fide religious beliefs and practices is exempt from the requirement to present a physician's certificate of immunization in order that the student be admitted to school.
B. The exemption allowed under §A of this regulation does not apply when the Secretary declares an emergency or epidemic of disease.
C. A preschool or school, public or private, shall maintain a current list of all students enrolled who have an exemption to immunizations on religious grounds.
D. Annually, by November 15th, a preschool or school, public or private, shall report to the Secretary of Health and Mental Hygiene the number of students with a religious exemption enrolled in all grades.
NOTE: No religious exemption form is provided by the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
When writing a Religious Exemption, you begin by stating that you are seeking a religious exemption to the vaccine because of “your sincerely held religious beliefs.” That phrase is key to include. From that statement explain how YOUR sincerely held religious beliefs guide you to seek an exemption to the vaccine requirement. If the vaccine is for your minor child, explain how your families sincerely held religious beliefs guide your decision and that you are raising your children with the same beliefs.
You do not need to do include the following:
Your religious affiliation
The name of your religious leader
Alternatives to the vaccine
You do need to:
Explain how your religious beliefs guide you to seek this exemption, for example you believe that God created man in his imagine and in the sanctity of human life.
Explain how the vaccine contradicts your sincerely held religious beliefs.
Explain how religion is an important part of your life, including daily life.
Provide the source of your sincerely held religious beliefs, for example Bible scripture passages which support your sincerely held religious beliefs.
There is no requirement to provide a letter from a faith leader. There is no need to suggest alternatives (strongly against).
DO NOT download a template from internet.
CONTACT YOUR REPRESENTATIVES
Maryland State Officials are developing a program that “allows” people to show a QR code to verify their vaccination status that businesses, schools, and other organizations can utilize to deny or allow entry based on your health records. Read more here: https://thedailyrecord.com/2021/09/30/md-to-expand-program-to-allow-people-to-obtain-proof-of-vaccinations/
While Gov. Hogan refuses to acknowledge that this is a “passport” mandate, AND it is NOT A PASSPORT, THIS IS A PERMIT or license to enter restaurants, grocery stores, ballparks, theaters, etc. This system is laying the groundwork to make it even more convenient for individual organizations to discriminate against those who have chosen not to take this experimental product. Maryland has already started a digital passport system. https://myirmobile.com/ SAY NO!
A full list of Maryland Representatives can be found here: https://www.republicanwomenbc.com/vote
Find your Maryland representative here: https://mgaleg.maryland.gov/mgawebsite/Members/District
Find your US representative here: https://contactingcongress.org
“Hi, my name is ____ and I am a constituent.
I am calling to ask Senator (or Representative) ______ to restore people’s right to choose whether or not to get the high-risk COVID vaccines. to keep working.
I STONGLY OPPOSE THE REQUIREMENT OF A PASSPORT (government permission slip) to enter sporting events, shopping, restaurants, etc, OR EVEN TO HOLD A JOB.
COVID vaccines are causing numerous serious side effects, and it is unethical to require anyone to get a vaccine that may injure or kill them in order to keep their job.
To date, COVID vaccines have caused over 750,000 adverse reactions and over 15,937 deaths. These vaccines have reportedly caused more injury and death than all other vaccines in our history, combined. Open VAERS Data: https://openvaers.com/covid-data
Vaccine mandates are contrary to the concept of informed consent for medical procedures.
Mandates are discriminatory and divisive. Powerful political interests like the Postal Workers union are able to get exemptions.
I urge _______ to push back against this recent executive order and support legislation to allow people to continue making a living without sacrificing their right to choose what medical procedures to take
Be sure to explain why this issue is important to you. You may wish to use a couple of the talking points below. Don’t copy all of them – just use them as ideas to help structure your own message.
TALKING POINTS FOR CALLS AND EMAILS
As a citizen, you can ask to talk to your representative. Set up a Zoom call, be polite and provide the following information.
Share why this is personal to you. Do you have a religious belief that objects to vaccination, or you are worried about the side effects of COVID injections? Are you simply against government mandates that affect your bodily autonomy?
One of the most basic human rights is that of bodily autonomy, as recognized by the Nuremberg Code: https://ori.hhs.gov/content/chapter-3-The-Protection-of-Human-Subjects-nuremberg-code-directives-human-experimentation . Ethical medicine requires prior, completely voluntary, and fully informed consent.
Vaccine package inserts warn of the risk of brain damage, life-threatening allergy, and death and no one knows in advance whom a vaccine will harm. Each of us may respond differently as we have different medical histories, genes, epigenetics, and microbiomes.
COVID-19 vaccine manufacturers and providers are shielded from liability through the Public Readiness and Emergency Preparedness Act, or PREP Act. The only option for compensating people injured by COVID-19 vaccines is the Countermeasures Injury Compensation program (CICP). Only eight percent of all petitioners since 2010 have been awarded compensation through the CICP. No legal or medial expert fees are covered, no pain and suffering is awarded, lost wages are capped at $50,000, and there is no judicial appeal. In other words, the victims will be severely undercompensated while the pharmaceutical companies get rich.
COVID-19 vaccines carry the risk of injury and death for some so there has to be informed consent and the right to refuse the vaccine without penalty. As of September 17th, there has already been 752,801 COVID-19 vaccine adverse events and 15,937 COVID-19 vaccine deaths in the U.S. reported to the Vaccine Adverse Events Reporting System https://wonder.cdc.gov/vaers.html OpenVAERS: https://openvaers.com/covid-data
There have been no tests of the long-term effects of the experimental gene therapies.
Read this article about aborted fetal cell lines and fragments used to make COVID-19 injections: https://www.westonaprice.org/health-topics/use-of-aborted-fetal-tissue-in-vaccines/
For consultations and / or retaining of legal representation, contact Jennifer Bland Lester. Please note that information provided is not a legal advice. Every individual should consult with an attorney, whether it is Jennifer or another attorney, for a confidential discussion about the facts of your particular case. General information is for information only and not legal advice.
OR, if your employer or school requires you to get a COVID shot, here is a recommendation to use the legal notifications provided by the Children’s Health Defense legal team. https://childrenshealthdefense.org/legal/legal-resources/
Jennifer Bland Lester, Attorney at Law
17 W. Jefferson Street, Suite 100
Rockville, Maryland 20850
SIGN THE STOP VACCINE PASSPORT - https://stopvaxpassports.org/
Vaccine Passports – Talking Points
To learn more, visit https://stopvaxpassports.org/
“Vaccine Passports” are not merely the digital equivalent of the yellow vaccine cards long used in international travel. Few people are aware of the following fact: According to tech experts, the digital platform used by Vaccine Passports can provide the same totalitarian functionality as used by the Chinese “Social Credit System.”
China has instituted a “Social Credit System” that gives it totalitarian control over every person in the nation. This platform is designed to track and integrate the following aspects of every individual: social media posts, internet search history, internet or mobile shopping history, online gaming history, residence, place of employment, criminal history, facial and gait recognition, bank accounts, credit cards, network of relationships, religious activities, participation (or the lack thereof) in the “Xi-Jinping thought” app, and real-time physical location.
3. All this information is fed into a central database and used to issue a “social credit score.” Citizens are rewarded or punished, based on these scores. Those with a high score – who are considered “trustworthy” -- are able to participate freely in society. Those with a low score cannot travel, borrow money, may be fired from their jobs, and may be unable to get their children into school. Those with very low scores, such as political dissidents, can be cut off from credit card use, a big problem in China’s increasingly cashless society. Dissidents can be found (and potentially disappeared) in minutes, along with their networks of relationships.
4. While the Vaccine Passport may begin with only carrying digital information regarding whether an individual is vaccinated, the rest of the functionality of the Chinese Social Credit System can quickly be integrated into the “Vaccine Passport” system.
5. Whether such digital documentation is governmentally issued or produced by corporate sponsors, the practical effect will be to provide a platform that, in the wrong hands, could be used to issue in totalitarianism in the United States.
6. Further, Vaccine Passports – whether digital or paper -- could be used to create a two-tiered society. Already, some entertainment venues have said that they may have separate seating sections for the vaccinated and the unvaccinated, or that they will prohibit access entirely to the unvaccinated. Airlines, hotels, restaurants, gyms are among others considering the use of “Vaccine Passports.” Many people have valid moral or medical reasons not to be vaccinated. They should not become second-class citizens.
7. Vaccine Passports can be used to deny those who remain unvaccinated constitutionally guaranteed freedoms – potentially among them: speech, worship, assembly and the right to peaceably petition their grievances.
8. Vaccine Passports could cause unauthorized disclosure of personal medical and other data.
9. We are not anti-vaxxers. Some of us have chosen to be vaccinated against Covid-19; others have not. We are very concerned, however, that digital “vaccine passports” can be used to restrict rights to freedom and privacy that are guaranteed by the United States Constitution and which sit at the very heart of our culture and democracy.
10. We ask that you promote or support legislation banning the issuance or use of digital “Vaccine Passports,” not only by our state or local government, but also by businesses or commercial enterprises.