On October 6th, 2021, a decision was made on the Covid-19 vaccination in the North American region. We have received hundreds of requests from congregants of our synagogues for religious exemption of this vaccine. A halakhic order had to be made in terms of this.
Many seeking religious exemption have talked about the fetal cell tissue in the vaccine, as well as in things like Tylenol and other common over the counter medications. There is a stark difference between the two however. In things like Tylenol or other over the counter medications the fetal cells are synthetic and they do not come from actual aborted children. The Covid-19 vaccinations however are different. James O'Keefe of Project Veritas recently had a whistleblower expose that the fetal cells in the Covid-19 Pfizer vaccine are not synthetic. Because of this, it cannot be certified as Kosher, despite what the CEO of Pfizer has claimed as as Bill deBlasio has claimed among others in an effort to trick Jews into taking the vaccine. Now, just for context, if you walk into a grocery store and get a product that has a kosher symbol on it, and it is found out to not be kosher (meaning the way something was slaughtered and the raw materials of the product as well not following the strict halakhic guidelines) then the person who deems it "kosher" and slaps a sticker on it will face 30 years minimum in federal prison (per US law). So this is not to be taken lightly. There will be individuals going to jail over this. And I think it will happen soon because the vaccine was deemed kosher, not by halakhic authority but by politicians and CEOs that do not have jurisdiction to make the claims of kashrut like they have. This is serious.
Some employers have also lied to Jews claiming that if they take certain over the counter medications (that are certified kosher) that they cannot claim the fetal cell argument. Yet the difference is between synthetic and biological. That, they fail to be honest about (see picture below).
None of the Covid-19 vaccinations have received actual kosher certification. Why? Because they are NOT kashrut.
Now Ani Judaism is not against other forms of vaccination. Many have eradicated things like Polio and West Nile and various other Covid variants. But this vaccine is not only not kosher, but it has been proven in medical journals and news reports to not even be remotely effective. When 80% of the individuals within the hospitals are the vaccinated, the halakha of breaking Torah to save a life does not apply, if the vaccine were effective then we would have a halakhic discussion which would probably result in saying it is up to the discretion of the individual.
Below is a religious exemption form you can download and print to present to your employer
Theological Insights from Rabbi Eved Banah the North American Rebbe of Ani Judaism