Workers in the US have been vocal about plans to quit en masse in response to mandates; a follow-through hasn't materialized. Resistance to a New York Police Department mandate portended the departure of thousands of officers, but just 89 (0.3% of the force) ultimately left.
And despite numerous protests, one recent tally of vaccine mandate-related departures at US hospitals ranged from 0.02% to no more than 4.7% of staff. [...]
It might be instructive to compare vaccine mandate-related departures with staff turnover in a more normal era. [...] In the US, the hospital staff turnover rate was 17.8% in 2019, and the rate for all New York City employees including police was 16.1% in 2018. [...]
The evidence points to mostly-performative complaining out of proportion with actual resignations, and frequently inflected with political overtones. In Italy, for example, anti-mandate protests have brought together an odd alliance of anarchists, trade unionists, and neo-fascists.
After a fierce effort to finesse San Jose's strict COVID-19 vaccination mandate -- led by a police union that warned more than 100 cops were ready to quit over it -- only six city employees have chosen to forfeit a week of pay for the option to stay unvaccinated.
All other city employees, including rank-and-file police officers, have either submitted proof of vaccination, are in the process of getting fully vaccinated or have been awarded a religious or medical exemption, according to San Jose Human Resource Director Jennifer Schembri.
Ok, but burying the lede:
Although 354 of the city's 7,105 workers have not yet received shots or reported their vaccination status, all but six have pending or approved exemptions for medical or religious reasons or are making progress towards becoming fully inoculated, according to city spokesperson Carolina Camarena.
So those remaining 348 unvaccinated people represent 4.9% of the employees.
According to NIH, CDC and FDA, allergic reactions to COVID-19 vaccines are between 2.5 and 11.1 per million, which is to say, between 0.00025% and 0.00111%. Allergies to vaccines in general are between 1 and 10 per million, or less than 0.001%.
So, 0.001% of 348 is... let's be honest, zero.
Which means that 4.9% of the City of San Jose's employees succeeded in getting religious exemptions.
There are fewer than 50,000 Christian Scientists in the US, or 0.015% of the population.
And 0.015% of 348 is... let's be honest, zero.
So 100% of those 348 people lied and got away with it, so that they have the privilege of continuing to infect the people they serve.
I am just fucking exhausted by reporters failing to do basic arithmetic.
The First Amendment restricts the government from prohibiting the "free exercise" of religion. For most of American history, this did not include religious exemptions from secular laws that apply to everyone. As the Supreme Court observed in 1879, "To permit this would be to make the professed doctrines of religious belief superior to the law of the land, and in effect to permit every citizen to become a law unto himself." Congress can't tell you what to believe, the Court ruled, but it can tell you what to do. [...]
In 1990, the Court tightened things back up. [...] The Court held that religion doesn't give someone the right to challenge a "generally applicable" law. Ruling otherwise, wrote the conservative Catholic Justice Antonin Scalia, "would open the prospect of constitutionally required exemptions from civic obligations of almost every conceivable kind." One example of such a civic obligation that Scalia cited for his slippery-slope argument: compulsory vaccination laws. [...]
Even the Christian Scientists now come close to conceding the point. A post on the church's website seems to acknowledge that exemptions have gotten out of hand. [...] When you've lost the Christian Scientists, it's time to rethink exemptions.
Robbins said she does not want to get vaccinated because of her personal beliefs about vaccinations, which are based on her Christian Scientist upbringing. While she is not currently a practicing Christian Scientist, she said, “My upbringing is the foundation of my belief system. I never had childhood vaccinations and don’t make them a practice in my life.”
Sooooo, in at least this case, SF isn't granting religious exemptions to Christian Scientists, so who are they granting them to?