- Conway Regional Medical Center requires all employees to be vaccinated by October 8 to keep their jobs
- About 5% of workers are using religious exemptions to avoid the necessity, with many objecting to the use of embryonic cell lines in their development.
- Embryonic cell lines are the process of using a cell from an aborted embryo and replicating it for use in some experiments.
- Despite some rumours, COVID-19 vaccines do not contain cells from an unborn fetus
- The hospital system requires people who receive exemptions on those grounds to certify that they will also not use other drugs that use cell lines, such as Tylenol and Tums.
- Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna Vaccines did not use embryonic cell lines but J&J Vaccines did.
A central Arkansas hospital system requires staff members who have a religious exemption from receiving the COVID-19 vaccine to skip other popular drugs as well.
Conway Regional Medical Center joins a growing number of hospitals mandating COVID shots for workers.
Hospital system staff will have until October 8 to fully vaccinate, but some have the option of obtaining a religious exemption from the requirement.
The hospital’s leadership noticed that many were applying for religious exemptions based on the potential use of embryonic cell lines in vaccine development.
To make sure employees applying for exemptions to dodge vaccine requirements are doing so because of their genuine beliefs, the hospital is certifying them that they will stop using 30 other generic drugs which also use embryonic cell lines for development, including Tylenol and Tums.
The Conway Regional Health System requires all employees to be vaccinated by October 8 to keep their jobs. People who apply for religious exemptions based on vaccines using embryonic cell links in development must also certify not to use other drugs that use the same process in development.
Conway CEO Matt Troop said: ‘What we’ve seen with the influenza vaccine was largely disproportionate. Bakers Hospital Review.
‘Thus, we provided a religious verification form for individuals requesting a religious exemption.
The intent of the Religious Verification form is twofold: to ensure that employees requesting exemptions are honest in their beliefs and to educate employees who have learned how embryonic cells are used in testing and development in general medicine. , may have requested a waiver without understanding its full scope. ‘
Hospital workers applying for an exemption must have a form signing such that they will also forfeit any use of aspirin, Tylenol, Pepto Bismol, Motrin, Tums, Benadryl, ibuprofen, and others.
None of the three COVID vaccines – Pfizer-BioNtech, Moderna or Johnson & Johnson – contained embryonic cells approved in the US.
However, embryonic cell lines, which are laboratory-grown cells based on aborted embryonic cells, collected in the 1970s and 1980s, were used for research and development of the shots.
Pfizer and Moderna Vaccines did not use embryonic cell links in development, although Johnson & Johnson Vaccines did (file photo)
A cell is assembled, then infinitely multiplied to make cells used for science experiments.
They are often used in vaccine development to help make virus cells that can be used for shots.
According to Charlotte Lozier Institute, Pfizer-BioNtech and Moderna Vaccines did not use embryonic cell lines in development, although Johnson & Johnson Vaccines did.
Some oppose the practice on religious grounds because they oppose the use of embryos in abortion and medical development.
The practice of using embryonic cell lines is common in medical development, and as the hospital notes, many popular medicines also use this procedure.
Employees who fail to sign that they will not use other drugs will only receive a temporary waiver, and will be open to discipline when they are terminated.
The hospital says any non-exempt employee who hasn’t been vaccinated by the October 8 deadline will be subject to disciplinary action and possible termination.
New employees at Conway are also required to receive a thorough vaccination within 30 days of the start of their employment.
“It is a decision that has come after a lot of discussion, analysis and education. It’s one we don’t take lightly,’ the troupe wrote in a statement about the new mercenary vaccine mandate.
‘As a community health system for 100 years, we feel strongly that we must lead our community in vaccine adoption and set an example for the communities we serve.
‘We have a responsibility to do the right thing towards our patients, our team members and the community.’
‘The evidence is clear that COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective in preventing the spread of the COVID-19 virus, as well as in preventing hospitalization and death.’
Nearby five percent Hospital workers are demanding a religious exemption to receive the shots.