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Process for Submitting Requests for Exemption from COVID-19 Vaccination Mandate

Published October 4, 2021

Dear Shipbuilders,

Last week, we communicated that COVID-19 vaccinations will be required for all shipbuilders, with few exceptions, by Dec. 8, 2021. This deadline is required by the federal government mandate announced in September.

A limited set of legitimate medical conditions that prevent vaccination and sincere religious beliefs may exempt some employees from the vaccination mandate and require accommodation. To be considered for exemption from vaccination, employees must complete an HII Request for Religious Exemption to COVID Vaccination form for religious exemption consideration or an HII Medical Request for Reasonable Accommodation from Vaccination form for medical exemption consideration.

Completed religious accommodation forms must be notarized using non-company resources and submitted no later than midnight on Oct. 13, 2021. Completed medical request forms must be submitted as soon as possible and no later than midnight on Oct. 29, 2021. Forms should be submitted to [email protected] or in the secure drop box located in the lobby of Building 520. The drop box will be available beginning Tuesday, Oct. 5.

It is important to note that requests for exemption from vaccination are not guaranteed to be granted. Employees whose requests fail to meet the legal requirements for an exemption or who meet the legal requirements but cannot be accommodated will still be required to be vaccinated by Dec. 8 to remain actively employed. All employees who submit a request will be notified if their request was approved or denied in time to meet the Dec. 8 deadline for full vaccination. Employees who are not fully vaccinated or approved for an exemption and accommodation by Dec. 8 will be removed from the NNS roll and their badges will be deactivated.

For more information about the medical and religious exemption process, please see this list of frequently asked questions.

Thank you,
The COVID-19 Crisis Action Group