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Kay Ivey, Alabama governor, directs agencies to ignore federal COVID-19 vaccine mandate

Added 10-25-21 08:22:02pm EST - “Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey on Monday directed state agencies to ignore the federal COVID-19 vaccine mandate, where possible, and instead cooperate with the state's efforts to file a lawsuit challenging the vaccination requirements.” - Washingtontimes.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Washingtontimes.com: “Governor directs Alabama agencies to ignore federal vaccine mandate”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

MONTGOMERY, Ala. — Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey on Monday directed state agencies to ignore the federal COVID-19 vaccine mandate, where possible, and instead cooperate with the state’s efforts to file a lawsuit challenging the vaccination requirements.

The directive is part of Republican officials’ efforts to resist the Biden administration’s vaccine mandate, but the sweep of the Alabama order is limited since it can only cover state executive branch agencies.

Ivey signed an executive order forbidding executive branch agencies - which include agencies such as Medicaid, Mental Health and Human Resources - from penalizing employees or businesses for non-compliance with the federal vaccine mandate. If federal law requires the penalty, Ivey directed the state entity to take steps to notify the affected business or individual that Alabama does not condone the penalty.

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Gina Maiola, a spokesperson for Ivey, said the governor issued the mandate because some state agencies could potentially fall under the federal vaccine mandate or have enforcement duties. Maiola did not immediately respond to an email seeking examples.

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