A central hospital system in Arkansas requires employees who receive a religious waiver to receive the COVID-19 vaccine to also give up other popular drugs.
Conway Regional Medical Center has joined the growing number of hospitals mandating Covid injections for employees.
Hospital system employees have until Oct. 8 to be fully vaccinated, but there is an option for some to get a religious waiver from the requirement.
The hospital leadership noted that many filed for religious waivers based on the potential use of fetal cell lines in vaccine development.
To ensure that employees who request waivers to evade vaccine requirements do so because of their sincere beliefs, the hospital has them confirm that they will stop using 30 other common drugs that also used fetal cell lines for development, including Tylenol and Tums.
Conway Regional Health System requires all employees to be vaccinated by Oct. 8 to keep their jobs. Those applying for a religious waiver based on vaccines that use fetal cell compounds in development will also be required to testify that they are not taking other drugs that have used the same process in development
“This was significantly disproportionate to what we’ve seen with the flu vaccine,” Conway CEO Matt Troup told me. Becker’s Hospital Review.
“So we have issued a religious attestation form to those individuals who have applied for a religious exemption.
“The intent of the religious attestation form is twofold: to ensure that the personnel requesting an exemption are sincere in their beliefs and to train the personnel who have applied for an exemption without understanding the full scope of how fetal cells are used.” in testing and developing common drugs. ‘
Hospital workers who request a waiver must sign a form stating that they will also confiscate the use of aspirin, Tylenol, Pepto Bismol, Motrin, Tums, Benadryl, ibuprofen, and others.
None of the three Covid vaccines – Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna or Johnson & Johnson – approved in the US contained aborted fetal cells.
However, fetal cell lines, which are lab-grown cells based on aborted fetal cells collected in the 1970s and 1980s, were used for the research and development of the shots.
The Pfizer and Moderna vaccines did not use fetal cell compounds during development, although the Johnson & Johnson vaccine did (File Photo)
One cell is collected and then infinitely multiplied to create cells used for scientific experiments.
They are often used in vaccine development to help make virus cells that can be used for the injections.
According to the Charlotte Lozier Institute, the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccines did not use developing fetal cell lines, although the Johnson & Johnson vaccine did.
Some object to this practice on religious grounds, opposing abortion and the use of fetuses in medical development.
However, the use of fetal cell lines in medical development is common, and as the hospital notes, many popular drugs used the process as well.
Employees who do not sign the waiver that they will not take the other drugs will only be given a temporary waiver and will be open to disciplinary action when it expires.
Any non-exempt employee who is not vaccinated by the Oct. 8 deadline will be subject to disciplinary action and possible dismissal, the hospital says.
New employees at Conway are also required to be fully vaccinated within 30 days of their employment.
‘This is a decision that has been made after much discussion, analysis and education. It’s one we don’t take lightly,” Troup wrote in a statement about the new vaccine mandates.
“Having been the community health system for 100 years, we believe we must lead our community in the adoption of vaccines and set an example for the communities we serve.
“We have a responsibility to our patients, our team members and the community to do the right thing”
“The evidence is clear that the COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective in preventing the spread of the COVID-19 virus, as well as hospitalizations and death.”
Around five percent of hospital workers seek religious exemption from receiving the shots.