As more workplaces require COVID-19 vaccination, we started to see high number of requests for medical exemption letters. At Stonegate Community Health, we need to ensure we are only allowing COVID-19 vaccine exemptions in the few situations where they are needed.
There are very few acceptable medical exemptions to the COVID-19 vaccination which include,
1. a confirmed severe allergy or anaphylactic reaction to a previous dose of a COVID-19 vaccine or to any of its components (ingredients) that cannot be avoided
2. a diagnosed episode of myocarditis/pericarditis (heart conditions) after receiving an mRNA COVID-19 vaccine, such as Pfizer or Moderna.
These are rare cases and the fact that the vaccines have been proven to be both safe and effective, any notes written for patients who meet one of the reasons for a medical exemption will clearly specify:
• the reason they cannot be vaccinated against COVID-19 (for example, document clear medical information that supports the exemption);
• the time period for the medical reason (for example, permanent or time-limited).
If you have any questions or concerns about receiving the COVID 19 vaccine please book an appointment with your health care provider.