Federal employees with religious vaccine exemptions tracked by 25 agencies: report

Heritage Foundation said it is "likely" that the Biden administration will implement the tracking policy across the government.

Updated: January 20, 2022 - 4:00pm

At least 25 federal agencies have systems in place to track employees with religious exemption requests for vaccines, including the COVID-19 shot, The Epoch Times reported Wednesday after reviewing the Federal Register.

The Heritage Foundation, a conservative think tank, on Tuesday released a report finding that at least 19 federal agencies, including Department of Justice, the Department of Health and Human Services, the Department of Transportation, and the Department of the Treasury, kept lists of "personal religious information" on employees who objected to the federal vaccine mandate.

The Epoch Times identified six additional agencies tracking religious exemption requests. Federal employees are not the only people tracked. Volunteers, interns, consultants and contractors are, as well. 

Heritage Foundation said it is "likely" that the Biden administration will implement the tracking policy across the government.

"Biden may not be winning points for transparency, but he’s doing his best to win first place in subjecting Americans with sincerely held religious beliefs to differential treatment," the conservative group stated.

Agencies tracking employees exemption requests did not respond to Epoch Times' request for comment.

Just the News reported earlier this month how the Pretrial Services Agency began tracking "personal religious information" of employees who refused the COVID-19 vaccine.

After the New Year, the Biden administration began enforcing its COVID-19 vaccine mandate for federal employees.