To comply with multiple federal mandates, UAB and UAB Medicine implemented an employee COVID-19 vaccination requirement this fall. Specifically, Executive Order 14042 mandates that employees of federal contractors are required to be vaccinated against COVID-19, and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) mandated vaccination of employees of healthcare facilities.

Federal courts have put the vaccine requirement on hold for further consideration. On Nov. 30, 2021, a federal court issued a nationwide order to suspend the CMS vaccine mandate for healthcare workers. Today, a federal court issued a nationwide order to suspend the vaccine mandate for employees of federal contractors.

As a result, UAB’s vaccine requirement is suspended. At this time, UAB will not be required to take action regarding unvaccinated employees on January 4, 2022.

Because the ultimate outcome of legal challenges is not decided, we will continue to closely monitor legal developments and provide guidance to employees.

— Updated December 7, 2021