November 5, 2021
DENVER (KDVR) — A Denver police officer, a police detective and a sheriff’s deputy have been fired for refusing the COVID-19 vaccine.
The Denver Department of Public Safety fired the three employees in October after they failed to show proof of COVID vaccination or get an approved religious exemption, according to their termination notices.
A Denver police officer used a religious exemption application to reject the vaccine mandate outright, including that it offers a religious exemption at all. Anyone who receives an approved religious exemption must agree to further COVID measures, including testing and masking.
“I will not agree to be poked and prodded on a weekly basis with COVID tests,” the officer wrote in the application, according to the termination letter. “I will not agree to wear a mask or stay six feet away from my peers. I will not segregate myself based off a medical decision that is my choice and have to justify to you my belief in God as my exemption. You will not use my religion as a basis to subjugate me to restrictions that are unnecessary and unwarranted. Nor will I give you my permission to corral me into subservient living as the ‘unvaccinated.’”
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