In a Memorandum In Support of a Preliminary Injunction (full text) filed on behalf of 230 intervening plaintiffs in Doster v. Kendall, (SD OH, filed 5/3/2022), plaintiffs allege:
The 2021 CORONA Conference was held at the United States Air Force Academy. (Id.) Whistleblowers have reported that all Chaplains and all persons other than those MAJCOM commanders responsible for adjudicating accommodation requests to the Air Force’s vaccine mandate, were asked to leave the room, so that the Secretary of the Air Force’s expectations concerning religious accommodation requests could be communicated to Air Force senior leaders…. Upon information and belief, the Secretary of the Air Force and/or his designees, communicated that no religious accommodations could or should be approved for anyone who would be remaining in the Department of the Air Force….
As of the date of the Intervening Complaint, the Department of the Air Force has received thousands of requests for religious accommodation, has only approved 42 – all of them at the end of their careers, who were otherwise eligible for an administrative exemption, and has denied 5,129 initial requests; and 1,692 final appeals, for a total of 6, 821 denials. In the meantime, the Air Force currently has granted 1,013 medical exemptions, and 1,273 administrative exemptions…. As of April 12, the Air Force has administratively separated 261 active-duty Airmen…. The granting of more than two thousand medical and administrative exemptions belies any assertion that vaccination is mission-critical and that no exemptions can be granted….