Bloomberg Law
Nov. 30, 2021, 11:04 AM

Religious Covid Vaccine Objections Can Come From ‘Church of One’

Robert Iafolla
Robert Iafolla

Employers should avoid delving too deeply into workers’ professed beliefs when they raise religious objections to mandatory Covid-19 shots, even if they follow a faith that’s neutral toward Covid-19 vaccination or actively endorses it, employment lawyers said.

That may mean processing requests from Catholic workers, for example, despite Pope Francis publicly urging people to get inoculated. What matters for such a request is whether a worker’s belief is religious, not whether it deviates from their church’s doctrine or makes logical sense to their employer, attorneys said.

“You can have a church of one,” said Lauren Kulpa, an attorney with ...

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