Mayo Clinic: No Vaccine Exemption for Employees

Four Minnesota state legislators are demanding an explanation from the Mayo Clinic Health System for denying employees’ requests for religious exemptions to its COVID -19 vaccine requirement.

In their November 23 letter to Mayo Clinic president and CEO Gianrico Farrugia, M.D., which was reviewed by Health Care News, state Reps. Steve Drazkowski (R-Mazeppa), Jeremy Munson (R-Lake Crystal), Cal Bahr (R-East Bethel), and Tim Miller (R-Prinsburg) state that employees of Mayo Clinic have told them their requests for religious exemptions were rejected.

The legislators asked what qualifies an employee for a religious exemption; whether an objection to the use of fetal tissue cells in the development of a vaccine qualifies for a religious exemption; and how many employees asked and were approved for a religious exemption.

Who Decides Beliefs Sincere?

The legislators also asked how Mayo determines a “belief is sincerely held,” as stated in its application process and who reviews, approves, or rejects the exemptions.

“Who is Mayo Clinic to evaluate the authenticity of a person’s religious beliefs?” the legislators asked.

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