Religious Leaders Fielding Many Requests For Vaccine Exemptions

Greek Orthodox and Lutheran leaders are largely saying no to exemptions, whereas some Catholic jurisdictions have been extra accommodating. Meanwhile, missionaries despatched into the sphere shall be required to get jabs.

AP:
Many Faith Leaders Say No To Endorsing Vaccine Exemptions
As vital numbers of Americans search non secular exemptions from COVID-19 vaccine mandates, many religion leaders are saying: Not with our endorsement. Leaders of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America mentioned Thursday that whereas some folks could have medical causes for not receiving the vaccine, “there isn’t a exemption within the Orthodox Church for Her devoted from any vaccination for non secular causes.” The Holy Eparchial Synod of the nationwide archdiocese, representing the most important share of Eastern Orthodox folks within the United States, urged members to “pay heed to competent medical authorities, and to keep away from the false narratives completely unfounded in science.” (Smith, 9/17)

Oklahoman:
OKC Catholics Are Discussing COVID-19 Vaccine Religious Exemptions
Some parishioners within the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City are having discussions about COVID-19 vaccine non secular exemptions with their monks, whereas the religion group’s archbishop has additionally spoken on the problem. Religious exemptions for COVID-19 vaccines have been within the information just lately after an Oklahoma political candidate and pastor mentioned he has distributed quite a few exemptions within the wake of a brand new federal mandate. President Joe Biden just lately introduced vaccination necessities for federal employees and corporations with greater than 100 staff. (Hinton, 9/19)

Axios:
International Mission Board To Require COVID Vaccine For Missionaries 
The International Mission Board, which deploys 1000’s of missionaries, introduced that its plans to require COVID-19 vaccinations for these they’re sending into the sphere. COVID-19 refusal charges are among the many highest amongst white evangelical Christians and the requirement by the International Mission Board often is the first U.S. missionary company identified to have such a mandate. The coverage from the International Mission Board applies to each present and future missionaries in addition to some employees members. (Frazier, 9/17)

In different information about vaccine and masks mandates —

Axios:
Footage Shows New Details After NYC Restaurant Incident Over Proof Of Vaccination 
Three vacationers have been arrested after allegedly assaulting a New York City restaurant hostess when she requested for proof of their vaccination standing earlier than they might be seated indoors, the New York Times experiences. On Saturday, legal professionals for the restaurant and the three girls revealed that the vacationers had in reality proven proof of vaccination and been allowed into Carmine’s Italian restaurant, in keeping with the Times. They have been then joined by three males, solely one among whom confirmed a vaccine card. The group then left the restaurant and that is the place the battle broke out, per the Times. (Frazier and Saric, 9/19)

Politico:
Mississippi’s Governor Criticizes Biden’s Vaccine Mandate While Suggesting People Get Vaccinated 
Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves argued towards the White House’s vaccine mandate, calling the “unilateral motion” an assault on the folks of his state and threatening to signal onto a Republican-led lawsuit towards it, regardless of the state having the nation’s highest dying fee per capita. In a contentious interview on CNN’s “State of the Union,” Reeves on Sunday criticized President Joe Biden’s push for extra vaccinations by requiring employers with over 100 staff to require their employees to be vaccinated. (Crummy, 9/19)

Louisville Courier Journal:
Nearly Half Of Kentucky Prison Staff Unvaccinated Against COVID-19
Nearly half of Kentucky Department of Corrections staff stay unvaccinated towards COVID-19, regardless of a rule requiring employees and not using a vaccine within the state’s 13 jail services to be examined as much as twice per week. While 54% of employees in state prisons have been vaccinated, that determine is properly under half in 4 services, with simply 33% of employees vaccinated on the Eastern Kentucky Correctional Facility in West Liberty. At a press convention final week, Gov. Andy Beshear acknowledged that state corrections officers “are among the lowest vaccinated populations by share, and I want that wasn’t the case.” (Sonka, 9/20)

Salt Lake Tribune:
Protesters In Salt Lake City Decry Vaccine And Mask Mandates
About 100 protesters waving American flags and holding indicators decrying masks and vaccine mandates gathered alongside the curb of 700 East in Liberty Park Saturday, making Salt Lake City one among dozens of cities around the globe protesting public health-related restrictions. The worldwide group World Wide Demonstration promoted such occasions — referred to as the Rally for Freedom — in all places from Denmark to South Africa to Taiwan Saturday. The group held different rallies all through the pandemic additionally protesting public well being mandates. (Mesch, 9/18)

CIDRAP:
Key Nursing Home Staff Lag In COVID-19 Vaccination, Study Shows 
A research yesterday in JAMA Internal Medicine finds that considerably increased proportions of US nursing house residents are vaccinated towards COVID-19 than well being employees, with licensed nursing assistants (CNAs), who carry out the overwhelming majority of direct resident care, lagging significantly. … Sixty p.c of employees and 81.4% of residents, on common, from greater than 14,900 nursing houses have been totally vaccinated. Mean vaccination charges have been lowest amongst CNAs (49.2%) and registered and licensed sensible nurses (61.0%), whereas therapists, physicians, and impartial practitioners had 70.9% and 77.3% protection, respectively. (Van Beusekom, 9/17)

Philadelphia Inquirer:
Penn Health System’s COVID-19 Vaccine Mandate Gets Near Total Compliance
About 99% of the University of Pennsylvania Health System’s 38,000 staff have complied with its COVID-19 vaccine mandate, together with about 760 who obtained exemptions or deferrals for medical or non secular causes. Less than 1%, or about 380, have been fired or stop quite than get the photographs. UPHS supplied that replace on Friday, 17 days after the deadline for compliance. Officials are nonetheless analyzing ultimate information for an additional 6,000 employees who’re in UPHS services and thus required to be vaccinated, however are usually not paid by the well being system. (McCullough, 9/17)

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