During her time as a civilian employee at the U.S. Air Force base in Germany, Tanya Wood’s children were barred from the daycare facility at Ramstein Air Force Base because she refused, for religious reasons, to have them vaccinated.

In response to our January 2009 demand letter, the Air Force granted her a waiver and promised to revise its policy so that waivers based on religious belief would be available and timely processed in the future, but revisions were delayed for several years while the Department of Defense reviewed its vaccination policy (including religious waivers) generally. New DOD guidance in October 2013 clarified the availability of religious waivers department-wide, including for contract employees and their children attending military schools and day care. 

Pro Bono Law Firm(s)

O’Melveny & Myers

Date filed

January 1, 2009