Religious Accommodations for Covid-19 Vaccine

In January 2020 – just before the pandemic officially started in the United States – the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals dealt with this exact issue in a case involving a termination of a firefighter by a City fire department in Texas for his refusal to get the mandatory tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis or whooping cough (TDAP) vaccine on the grounds of his religion. The Court ruled in favor of the employer, providing a good reminder of how employers should go about addressing these types of situations.

COVID-19 Texas Employer Guide – CDC Recommends Safety Measures for Critical Infrastructure Employees Exposed to COVID-19

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) just issued an Interim Guidance that pertains to “critical infrastructure workers,” who may have been exposed to COVID-19. 

CDC advises that such workers may be permitted to continue work following potential exposure to COVID-19 as long as they remain asymptomatic and additional precautions are implemented to protect them and the community.