Many of those subject to President Joe Biden’s dictatorial vaccine mandates for federal employees took comfort in the availability of medical or religious exemptions to the sweeping requirements, but as The Epoch Times reports, the White House recently revealed that some of those who are granted such waivers may still face firing nonetheless.
According to recently-released guidance on the Safer Federal Workforce Task Force website, “There may be circumstances in which an agency determines that the nature of an employee’s job responsibilities requires heightened safety protocols if they are provided with a legally required exception.”
Making it clear that even those falling under recognized categories of exemption may still be in danger of losing their jobs, the guidance went on to say, “In some cases, the nature of the employee’s job may be such that agency determines that no safety protocol other than vaccination is adequate. In such circumstances, the agency may deny the requested accommodation.”
As the guidance indicated, unvaccinated federal employees could be required to observe protocols such as submitting to routine testing, wearing face masks, and maintaining social distancing, though there may be scenarios in which additional precautions are mandated for those individuals.
Making it clear that exemptions will not necessarily be easy to obtain, the federal workforce website noted, “Determining whether an exception is legally required will include consideration of factors such as the basis for the claim; the nature of the employee’s job responsibilities; and the reasonably foreseeable effects on the agency’s operations, including protecting other agency employees and the public from COVID-19.”
In what some might interpret as words of discouragement for those who might request an exemption on religious or medical grounds, the government has made it clear that anyone seeking freedom from the mandate in that manner will be required to sign a declaration stating that the information provided is accurate and truthful.
One of the forms developed for this very purpose states clearly that “Any intentional misrepresentation to the federal government may result in legal consequences, including termination or removal from federal service,” stark language that could conceivably have a chilling effect on those who might otherwise pursue an exemption.
The government also makes clear on a sample form provided to potential recipients of exemptions that “A refusal to be vaccinated does not qualify for an exception if it is based upon personal preference, concerns about the possible effects of the vaccine or political opinions.”
Not content to force unwanted medical interventions on just the federal workforce, Biden this week again implored private businesses large and small to require employees to accept the jabs and — in a stunning display of twisted logic — daftly boasted that mass firings due to noncompliance were in fact laudable in that they would result in immediate increases in a firm’s vaccination rate.