At Bristol Health, a small independent health system with 1,800 employees, 98% of workers were vaccinated by the September 15 deadline. But while the hospital’s mandate to get vaccinated against COVID has pushed the majority of unvaccinated people to get vaccinated, it has also resulted in an increase in the number of workers enjoying religious exemptions.
Bristol this year approved 46 requests for COVID vaccine exemptions, of which 39 were granted on religious grounds. It also granted 26 exemptions for the flu shot this year, including 23 for religious reasons. In short: Bristol has approved nearly twice as many religious exemptions for the COVID vaccine than for the flu vaccine.Source link