December 9, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) – With the approval of a COVID-19 vaccine in the U.S. expected in the coming days, although an employer can strongly compel their workers to take the jab, there are religious and medical exemptions available to decline a vaccination.
Under the American with Disabilities Act (ADA), employees who do not wish to receive a vaccine due to medical conditions can ask for an exemption.
The Civil Rights Act of 1964, under Title VII, states that an employer cannot refuse to hire someone based on one’s religious views.
“It shall be an unlawful employment practice for an employer – to fail or refuse to hire or to discharge any individual, or otherwise to discriminate against any individual with respect to his compensation, terms, conditions, or privileges of employment, because of such individual's race, color, religion, sex, or national origin,” reads section 703.
A 2009 statement from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) stated that workers might be made to get certain vaccines, such as the flu shot, as a condition of employment, but even in these circumstances, an exemption can be made.
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Mainstream media sources are promoting offensive suggestions by some doctors that people who refuse a vaccine for COVID-19 should be "punished" by the government and by business - effectively coercing them into taking the vaccine.
- One group of doctors writing in 'USA Today' suggested that the government impose special taxes (i.e., fines) on people who refuse the vaccination and that business simply refuse to serve them. [see story below]
- Another doctor writing in an online publication called 'The Conversation' shamelessly suggested that people who refuse a vaccine should be given a psychoactive drug to induce compliance. [see story below]
But, these suggestions are plain political posturing, and have nothing to do with science or with the recent trends of the disease.
And, in case they haven't noticed, we live in a democracy not a medical dictatorship!
Please SIGN this urgent petition which asks policy-makers and business people, at all levels, to pledge to respect the rights of those who, in good conscience, decide not to vaccinate themselves or their children.
People should not have to live in fear of governmental or corporate retribution for refusing a vaccine which is being rushed to market by Big Pharma and their fellow-travelers in NGOs, like the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
It would be intolerable and immoral for the government or business to coerce someone, and their family, to take a COVID vaccine against their will to avoid a fine, or just so they can do their weekly grocery shopping.
Medical freedom must be respected in principle and also in practice.
So, it is now time that our policy-makers listen to all voices involved in this vital conversation, and start to represent those who will not tolerate being punished for refusing a vaccine.
Simply put, legislatures must begin to act as legislatures again.
Questions must be asked. Hearings and investigations must be held. And, the legislatures of each state and country must return to the business of representing the people who voted for them, assuming their rightful place as the originator of legislation.
We can no longer accept the dictates of executive branches without question, especially now that, statistically speaking, the initial brunt of the COVID crisis has passed.
Neither can we accept the dictates of doctors who seem detached from reality and from science, and who only seem to be attached to the idea of promoting ideas which contribute to the agrandizement of power and control of political interests, and wealth of those who stand to make a lot of money from the sale of a COVID vaccine.
Please SIGN this urgent petition which asks government and business leaders to pledge to respect the rights of those who refuse a COVID vaccine, and not seek to punish them for doing so.
FOR MORE INFORMATION:
'Doctors lay out plan to ‘punish’ people who refuse coronavirus vaccine: ‘There is no alternative’' - https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/doctors-lay-out-plan-to-punish-people-who-refuse-coronavirus-vaccine-there-is-no-alternative
'US professor: ‘Psychoactive pill’ should be covertly administered to ensure lockdown compliance' - https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/us-professor-ensure-lockdown-compliance-by-drugging-dissenters-with-psychoactive-pill
“It is important to note that employees need to be properly informed of the benefits of the vaccinations. However, although OSHA does not specifically require employees to take the vaccines, an employer may do so,” reads the OSHA ruling from Jordan Barab Acting Assistant Secretary.
“In that case, an employee who refuses vaccination because of a reasonable belief that he or she has a medical condition that creates a real danger of serious illness or death (such as serious reaction to the vaccine) may be protected under Section 11(c) of the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 pertaining to whistle blower rights.”
Despite the possibility for an employee to ask for an exemption for medical or religious reasons, some state laws do require that certain vaccines are mandatory in the workplace, although even in these instances exemptions could be made.
In September, Dorit Reiss, who works as a law professor at the University of California said in an AARP report that although employment in the U.S. is mostly “at will,” meaning employers can set work conditions.
“Employment in the United States is generally ‘at will,’ which means that your employer can set working conditions,” said Reiss in the AARP report.
“Certainly, employers can set health and safety work conditions, with a few limits.”
Currently, there are two mRNA COVID-19 vaccines under Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) review by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Pfizer-BioNTech’s BNT162b2, and Moderna’s mRNA-1273 COVID-19 vaccines.
Yesterday, the FDA said that the Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine, as per the company's earlier claim, is “95% effective” at thwarting COVID-19 infection.
However, according to the FDA, there is a multitude of possible side-effects associated with the COVID-19 vaccine, which include strokes, birth defects, auto-immune disease, and Kawasaki disease.
The Pfizer vaccine was approved for use in the U.K. week, but many still have concerns over the possible side-effects and its overall safety. The U.K. government’s own safety guidelines for the Pfizer vaccine indicate that it should not be used by pregnant or breast-feeding mothers and children. No information has been provided as to why these precautions are necessary. In addition the guidelines state that it is unknown what effect the COVID-19 mRNA vaccine will have on fertility.
On Thursday the FDA’s Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee will be reviewing both the Pfizer and Moderna vaccine on whether or not to approve them for public use in the U.S.
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