LOS ANGELES — Authorities in Los Angeles say more than 2,600 officers and civilian employees in the police department will seek religious exemptions to vaccination against the coronavirus. Additional 300 are eligible for medical exemptions.
Unless granted an exemption, all city employees must be vaccinated before Oct. 5. However, the city has yet to define how it will decide if a religious belief was sincerely held. It also doesn’t know what to do with employees who are denied an exemption or refuse to be vaccinated.
Michel Moore, the Chief of Police said Tuesday that he wouldn’t comment on “the sincerity level” of those who claim a religious exemption.
Moore claims that more than 6,500 employees have had at least one vaccination. COVID-19 has claimed the lives of ten police officers and three spouses. Numerous people in the department have tested positive.