Portland law professor examines religious exemptions from COVID vaccine mandates

A growing number of people are claiming religious reasons to be exempt from vaccine mandates. Experts say the question is whether or not those claims are sincere.

PORTLAND, Oregon — By now it’s clear that not everyone wants to get the COVD-19 vaccine. While reasons for that may vary, nearly all of them are disputed by public health experts. But what about religious reasons? 

A growing number of people are claiming them while trying to avoid vaccination mandates. In Washington, thousands of state workers are trying it. And in Los Angeles, some 2,600 police department employees are citing religion to avoid the shot. 


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