The Los Angeles Police Department is mostly more spiritual than anyone had imagined, as more than 2,600 employees reportedly plan to pursue religious exemptions from the city’s Covid-19 vaccine mandate.
In addition to those seeking religious exemptions, more than 350 plan to seek medical exemptions from the jab order, the Los Angeles Times reported Monday with reference to a city official with access to the data. City employees were due to submit preliminary requests for exemptions by the end of Monday.
The mandate requires city employees to be fully vaccinated by October 5, unless they are granted a waiver. Those who receive the exemptions will be subjected to weekly tests to show that they are not infected with Covid-19.
Total exemption requests from the police can amount to approx. 24% of the department’s more than 12,000 employees – far more than any other city agency. The rate of provisional exemption requests was around 2-3% in other urban departments, according to to a local NBC News affiliate.
Only about 47% of LDs were fully vaccinated on September 3 at an average rate of 69% for all adults in Los Angeles County. Six officers filed a lawsuit against the city on Monday and ask a judge to overturn the vaccination mandate, arguing that there is no evidence that protection through vaccination is better than naturally acquired immunity.
The Los Angeles City Council proved the vaccination mandate last month and joined other major cities like New York and Chicago to force their massive workforce to get the shots fired.
Oh yes, the great Christian scientist-Amish wing of LD.
– Brandon Bell (@ BrandonBell66) September 14, 2021
Critics questioned the sincerity of the exemption requests, suggesting that there is no legitimate religious basis. “Oh yes, the great Christian science-amic wing of LD,” said a Twitter user. Another commenter said “I had no idea so many police officers were so religious, and I have no idea what religion is against vaccines.”
I had no idea so many cops were so religious, and I have no idea what religion is against vaccines. ✝️✡️☪️🕉️☦️☯️🤔 pic.twitter.com/qdENwHGjO0
– Robert Johnson (@ Rob184rob) September 14, 2021
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