COVID-19 vaccination Exemption Request for College
In your own words, establish that you hold a sincere religious belief, practice, or observance by identifying your religious beliefs and practices and how they have adhered to the belief, observance, or practice
Establish how your sincerely held religious belief, practice, or observance conflicts with the district’s requirement to vaccinate against COVID-19.
Vaccination is one of the most discussed topics of nowadays due to the global pandemic, COVID-19. Different population groups consider many aspects before being vaccinated, and these aspects are not restricted to society or field but cover the overall scenario. Different religions have different opinions regarding the vaccination, either the vaccination of COVID-19 or some other diseases such as Polio and Hepatitis B. In the past, vaccination allowed individuals to forget about numerous critical diseases. Therefore, the effectiveness of vaccination cannot be denied in any aspect [CITATION Kas21 \l 1033 ].
Religious perspectives impact the fact of how people tend to be vaccinated. In the Muslim religion, the exemption from getting vaccinated is the potential topic of discussion regarding the religious perspective for the individuals in this regard. Nowadays, more and more employees are being encouraged to be vaccinated against COVID-19 without any proper test of the virus or any other limitation for the healthy and vulnerable employees. According to Michelle Mello, “Stanford University” law professor and professor for the “University School of Medicine,” “a religious exemption is a request by an employee or other person subject to a vaccination requirement to get out of that requirement [CITATION Kur21 \l 1033 ].” There are also some risk factors and beliefs concerned with the vaccine against COVID-19; therefore, more employees are applying for the religious exemption and have been granted a “fairly large berth.”
In the United States, “The Assembly of Muslim Jurists” published a statement that besides reaching herd immunity of COVID-19, there is no way to stop it. A certain percentage of a population has immunity against the global pandemic is required by herd immunity [CITATION Nat21 \l 1033 ]. Therefore, “The Assembly of Muslim Jurists” suggested vaccination as the potential solution to eliminate the pandemic from the society; otherwise, let it spread among people without taking any step to reducing it. According to Sharia, the latter way is not allowed that is harmful to the people, especially the weak individuals who cannot bear the COVID-19; therefore, vaccination is regarded as the potential solution, and it is a matter of consensus among people of knowledge. Furthermore, various fiqh councils are agreed to get vaccinated if the disease or virus is harmful to others, while in the case of COVID-19, the virus is extremely contagious.
Muslims avoid pork and vaccine against COVID-19 contain fat; this is another major reason associated with a religious exemption from getting vaccinated. In December 2020, “The National Muslim COVID-19 Task Force” introduced the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines, which “contain fat, salts/buffer agents, and sugar (sucrose). The fat is not made from pork products [CITATION Nat21 \l 1033 ].” Thus, religious exemption from getting vaccinated in the Muslim religion, “Islam,” is important to consider while deciding about vaccination. I also support being vaccinated against COVID-19 or any other fatal disease that is harmful to life.