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Medical Exemption

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ANTIGUA AND BARBUDA
PUBLIC HEALTH ACT (DANGEROUS INFECTIOUS DISEASE) (AMENDMENT)
(NO. 17) REGULATIONS 2021
STATUTORY INSTRUMENT
2021, NO. 90

 

FORM III

(Regulation 5A para. 5A(1) and (4))

 

GOVERNMENT OF ANTIGUA AND BARBUDA

REQUEST FOR MEDICAL EXEMPTION FROM COVID-19 VACCINATION

In accordance with the Public Health Act (Dangerous Infectious Disease) (Amendment) (No. 16)
Regulations 2021, the Government of Antigua and Barbuda has mandated that all persons
employed:
(a) within the public service;
(b) by or within a Statutory Corporation;
(c) within any company where the Government of Antigua and Barbuda owns a 50% or more
share in the business; or
(d) by or with the Customs and Excise Division, Immigration Department, Antigua and
Barbuda Police Force, Antigua and Barbuda Defense Force, Office of National Drug and
Money Laundering Control Policy (ONDCP), or Port Authority,

shall be required to be vaccinated against COVID-19.

To be considered for an exemption from this requirement, an employee must complete PART 1 of
this Form, have a registered and licensed medical practitioner, not related to the employee,
complete PART 2. The completed Form shall be submitted by the employee to the Permanent
Secretary or Head of Department in a sealed envelope addressed to the Chief Medical Officer,
Ministry of Health Headquarters, High Street, St. John’s, Antigua and Barbuda.

IMPORTANT: A COPY OF THIS PAGE SHALL BE SUBMITTED BY THE EMPLOYEE TO
THE PERMANENT SECRETARY OR HEAD OF DEPARTMENT WHO SHALL KEEP THIS
PAGE AS PART OF THE EMPLOYEES RECORD.

Note that an employee who receives an exemption shall be required under the provisions of the
Public Health Act (Dangerous Infectious Disease) (Amendment) (No. 16) Regulations 2021 to
provide a negative test for COVID-19 once in every 14-day period beginning on the 1st day of
October, 2021.

PART 1: EMPLOYEE INFORMATION AND CERTIFICATION

Employee Name: ………………………………………………………………………………

Government Ministry/Department/Statutory Body/Government controlled enterprise:
………………………………………………………………………………………………….

Employee Contact details:

Email address: …………..…………………………..…. Telephone No: ……………………

Initials are required next to each declaration
☐  I request exemption from the COVID-19 immunization requirements due to my
current medical condition/contraindication. I understand and assume the risks of
non-immunization. I accept full responsibility for my health, thus removing liability
from the Government of Antigua and Barbuda to the required immunization.

☐  I understand that as I am not vaccinated, in order to protect my own health and the
health of the community, I will comply with assigned COVID-19 testing
requirements and other preventive guidance including the wearing of masks,
physical distancing and social distancing.

☐  Should I be granted an exemption and I contract COVID-19, I will immediately
report it to my supervisor and comply with all isolation and quarantine procedures
specified by the Ministry of Health Wellness and the Environment.

☐  I understand that this exemption will expire when the medical condition(s)
contraindicating immunization changes in a manner which permits immunization.

☐  I understand that this exception is only valid for the approved period, and I may
need to submit a new request for any subsequent changes, new medical
contraindications, or on expiration of an approved exemption.

I certify that the information I have provided in connection with this request is accurate and
complete. I understand this exception may be revoked and I may be subject to disciplinary action
if any of the information I provided in support of this exemption is false.

By signing this Form I understand and grant permission for my medical records and information to
be shared with the Chief Medical Officer or her designate.

……………………………………………….…                                                   …………………………………………
Employee Name                                                                                     Employee Signature

………………………………………………
Date

PART 2: MEDICAL EXEMPTION REQUEST FROM COVID-19 VACCINATION
(To be completed by a registered and licensed medical practitioner in Antigua and Barbuda)

A registered and licensed medical practitioner must complete Section A and where possible,
Section B, and provide their provider information in Section C.

SECTION A. Medical Practitioner Certification of Contraindication

I certify that my patient, …………………………….………. should be exempted from receiving
the ………………………………..COVID-19 vaccine because of the following reason:

☐ Documented severe allergic reaction (e.g., anaphylaxis) after a previous dose or to a component
of the ………………………….COVID-19 vaccine, including Polyethylene Glycol (PEG).
(Describe reaction/response below and any contraindication to alternative COVID-19
vaccines.)

☐ Immediate allergic reaction to a previous dose or known (diagnosed) allergy to a component of
a COVID-19 vaccine. (Describe reaction/response below and contraindication to any
alternative COVID-19 vaccine.)

Please note that NONE of the following are considered contraindications to the COVID-19
vaccine.
* Local injection site reactions to previous COVID-19 vaccines (erythema, induration,
pruritus, pain).
* Expected systemic vaccine side effects in previous COVID-19 vaccines (fever, chills,
fatigue, headache, lymphedema, diarrhoea, myalgia, arthralgia.
* Previous COVID-19 infection.
* Vasovagal reaction after receiving a dose of any vaccination.
* Being an immunocompromised individual or receiving immunosuppressive medications.
* Autoimmune conditions.
* Allergic reactions to anything not contained in COVID-19 vaccines, including injectable
therapies, food, pets, oral medications, latex etc. (Please note the COVID vaccine does
not contain egg or gelatin).
* Alpha-gal Syndrome.
* Pregnancy, undergoing fertility treatment, intention to become pregnant or breastfeeding.
* The medical condition of a family member or other residing in the same household as the
employee.

Additional details on the selected option(s) above (to be completed by the medical provider):
_______________________________________________________________________________
_______________________________________________________________________________
_______________________________________________________________________________
_______________________________________________________________________________
___________________________________________________________

 

SECTION B. Registered and Licensed Medical Practitioner Certification of Health Condition That Makes COVID-19 Vaccination Detrimental to the Employee’s Health

I certify that my patient, ……………………..…….. has the following health condition 1 that prevents him/her from taking the COVID-19 vaccine at this time.

…………………………………………………………………………………………………

Additional details on why the health condition1 listed above prevents him/her from taking the
COVID-19 vaccine at this time.
_______________________________________________________________________________
_______________________________________________________________________________
_______________________________________________________________________________
_______________________________________________________________________________
_______________________________________________________________________________

The patient’s health condition as stated above is:

⬜Permanent

⬜Temporary 2, and the expected end date is: _____________________

_____________________

1 Supporting documentation should also be submitted or should be readily available.
2 A new application is required after the expiration date.

SECTION C. Registered and Licensed Medical Practitioner Information

I certify that the information provided in Part 2 of this form is correct.

I understand that by making a false declaration, I may be subject to disciplinary action as
outlined in the Medical Practitioner’s Act, 2009.

Physician’s Name: ________________________________

Physician’s Phone: ________________________________

Physician’s Signature: _____________________ Date of Signature: ______________

Physician’s Stamp: