Appeals Court Upholds Ruling Protecting Air Force Service Members Who Refuse COVID-19 Vaccine

  • “Under RFRA, the Air Force wrongly relied on its ‘broadly formulated’ reasons for the vaccine mandate to deny specific exemptions to the Plaintiffs, especially since it has granted secular exemptions to their colleagues,” the opinion noted.
  • Eighteen plaintiffs, comprised of both reservist and active duty service members, filed the lawsuit against Secretary of the Air Force Frank Kendall. 
  • The lawsuit stated that the mandate “substantially burdens their religious exercise in violation of the First Amendment and the Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 1993 (RFRA).”
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