A Milwaukee hospital may be the first among many employers to deny people religious exemptions due to a new Covid-19 vaccine that is available for public exemption.

The Novavax Covid-19 vaccine, unlike other mRNA Covid-19 vaccines, does not use fetus cell lines.

Previously, many people were able to receive religious exemptions to the Covid-19 vaccine due to the use of fetus cell lines in the vaccine.

The Novavax vaccine instead uses moth cells to create a protein.

People have speculated that the Novavax vaccine may convince some religious skeptics of the Covid-19 vaccine to get jabbed, though some employees at Froedtert Hospital said they still do not plan to get the vaccine and will lose their jobs by September 21st.


“That has moth protein, so it’s clearly against what I believe in,” One employee said.

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A new COVID-19 vaccine is sparking changes that could leave some Froedtert Health employees without a job.

FOX6 News spoke with one Froedtert employee Thursday, Sept. 8 who said she is worried about losing her job. She provided copies of emails, saying she has to get a vaccine by Sept. 21 or resign.

“Health care is where I belong,” the employee, who asked not to be identified, said. “I planned to be here for the rest of my life.”

With the Novavax vaccination for COVID-19 now available – Froedtert Health is withdrawing a specific medical and religious exemption held by some of its employees.

“I feel strongly this is not right for me, my body, it goes against a couple different areas in my faith,” the employee said.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration recently approved the vaccine. It is not an mRNA vaccine and does not use fetus cell lines. That is why Froedtert said employee religious and medical exemptions based on those concerns are expiring.

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