Here are the forms to apply for an exemption.
I cannot speak to why the agency took a month and a half to get these forms out or why they created a version that’s hard to open from a non-irs computer. But i am working to overcome these problems.
Here is the information from IRWeb about these forms:
COVID-19 vaccination reasonable accommodation procedures
Employees must be fully vaccinated other than in limited circumstances where the law requires an exception. The IRS may be required to provide a reasonable accommodation (RA) to employees who communicate that they are not vaccinated against COVID-19 because of a disability/medical condition or because of a sincerely held religious belief, practice or observance.
On October 25, 2021, the IRS will begin processing RA requests for exceptions to the COVID-19 vaccination requirement. Following Treasury guidance, the IRS has developed two forms to assist agencies with collecting information to help determine whether an employee is entitled to an accommodation:
- Request for Medical Exception to Vaccine (.pdf) and
- Request for Religious Exception to the Vaccine (.pdf)
Employees who have previously emailed a request for an accommodation to the Office of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) do NOT need to submit another request and will be contacted by EDI staff to provide any additional information if needed.
Employees who have not already submitted a request for an accommodation, should complete the appropriate form and email it to the EDI mailbox by October 22, 2021:
Employees who request an accommodation must also report their vaccination status in HRConnect. Treasury has added a new HRConnect vaccination status option, REQUESTEDRA, to identify employees requesting a RA.
An employee awaiting a decision on their request for reasonable accommodation will need to follow applicable safety protocols while in the workplace, such as masking, physical distancing, testing as well as follow applicable travel guidance. Additional guidance will be forthcoming regarding IRS testing protocols for individuals who are excepted from the vaccination requirement.
There may be circumstances where the IRS determines that the nature of an employee’s job responsibilities requires heightened safety protocols. In some cases, the nature of the employee’s job may be such that the IRS determines that no safety protocol other than vaccination is adequate. In such circumstances, the Service may deny the requested accommodation.
Employees whose request for a reasonable accommodation is denied will receive additional time to become fully vaccinated. Employees will be required to receive their first (or one-dose series) within two weeks of their final determination to deny the accommodation request. If receiving a two-dose series, the employee must receive the second dose within six weeks of receiving the first dose.