Businesses in Connecticut and other states must accommodate employee requests for COVID-19 vaccine exemptions based on disabilities (and also religion). 

Protected disabilities generally include chronic medical conditions. These must be ongoing and recurring versus short-term, acute issues.

Legally protected disabilities in CT are defined more broadly than the federal government. With this interpretation, more individuals can be included. 

Employees have the right to request a vaccine mandate exemption due to a disability.


COVID-19 Business Vaccine Mandates - The Issue of Employee Discrimination Due to Disabilities

The ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) prevents employers from discriminating against employees by terminating their jobs if they cannot receive a COVID-19 vaccine to comply with a vaccine mandate due to a protected disability (i.e., ongoing medical condition) 


Are There Exempting Medical Conditions That Are Not Safe For COVID-19 Vaccinations? 

Employers may wonder what medical conditions would prevent a person from getting vaccinated for COVID-19. 

So far, the CDC has not identified specific medical conditions that would create complications and dangerous side effects after a person receives a vaccination.

They also recognize that the safety profile for COVID-19 vaccines is still unclear for people with autoimmune disorders as well as HIV patients.

Despite these ambiguities, research evidence supports severe allergies as a contraindication. Thus, this would be the most common reason for requesting a medical exemption. Anyone who is allergic to any of the ingredients in Pfizer or Moderna should avoid these brands. The same is true for the Johnson and Johnson vaccine. In any case, a physician will be able to provide the right guidance in these situations.

Individuals who experienced any type of allergic reaction to a previous vaccine (any vaccine, not just for COVID-19) should consult with their doctor before getting vaccinated for COVID-19.