Sample Request for Religious Exemption from COVID-19 Vaccination Policy Form

REQUEST FOR RELIGIOUS EXEMPTION / ACCOMMODATION RELATED TO [COMPANY NAME’S] COVID-19 VACCINATION POLICY

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[Company Name] is committed to providing equal employment opportunities without regard to any protected status, and a work environment that is free of unlawful harassment, discrimination, and retaliation. As such, [Company Name] complies with all laws protecting employees’ religious beliefs and practices.

[Company Name] will provide reasonable accommodations for employees’ sincerely held religious beliefs, observances, and practices that conflict with getting vaccinated for COVID-19, as long as the requested accommodation does not create an undue hardship for [Company Name] or pose a direct threat to you or others in the workplace. 

To request an accommodation related to [Company Name]’s COVID-19 Vaccination Policy, please complete this form and return it to Human Resources. This information will be used by Human Resources or other appropriate personnel to engage in an interactive process to determine the precise limitations of your ability to comply with [Company Name]’s COVID-19 Vaccination Policy and explore potential reasonable accommodations that could overcome those limitations. Refusing to provide the information requested in this form may impact [Company Name]’s ability to adequately understand your request or effectively engage in the interactive process to identify possible accommodations. 

[Company Name] makes determinations about requested accommodations and exemptions on a case-by-case basis, considering various factors and based on an individualized assessment in each situation. [Company Name] strives to make these determinations expeditiously and in a fair and nondiscriminatory manner and will inform you after we make a determination. If you have any questions about an accommodation or exemption request you made, please contact [Name] in the Human Resources Department.

Part 1 - To be completed by employee requesting accommodation 

EMPLOYEE ACKNOWLEDGEMENT

I verify that the information I am submitting in support of my request for an accommodation is complete and accurate to the best of my knowledge, and I understand that any intentional misrepresentation contained in this request may result in discipline, up to and including termination. [While my request is pending, I understand that I must comply with [Company Name]’s workplace safety standards (e.g. face coverings, regular COVID-19 testing) for unvaccinated or not fully vaccinated individuals as a condition of my employment.] I also understand that my request for an accommodation may not be granted if it is not reasonable, if it poses a direct threat to the health and/or safety of others in the workplace and/or to me, or if it creates an undue hardship on [Company Name].

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Part 2 - To be completed by Human Resources Representative

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Health Action Alliance is committed to the health and safety of employees and communities. You should speak with your doctor or healthcare provider about whether COVID-19 vaccines are right for you.  T

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