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Nearing Monday Coronavirus Vaccine Deadline, Thousands of Federal Workers Seek Religious Exemptions to Avoid Shotsposted on November 8, 2021
Lisa Rein, Ian Duncan, and Alex Horton of The Washington Post report, “With a Monday deadline looming, high percentages of federal workers are reporting they have been vaccinated against the coronavirus. But tens of thousands of holdouts have requested exemptions on religious grounds, complicating President Biden’s sweeping mandate to get the country’s largest employer back to normal operations.” Employees who have requested an exemption cannot be fired until their request is reviewed. The Bureau of Prisons is among the agencies with the highest rates of exemption requests, and only 58 percent of its workforce is partly vaccinated.