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Alabama among those suing over COVID-19 vaccination mandate and states’ rights

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Attorneys general in Alabama and 26 other states are filing federal lawsuits challenging the COVID-19 vaccination mandate issued by the Biden administration. They generally contend that the authority to compel vaccinations rests with the states, not the federal government. The January 4th deadline requires that employers with one hundred or more workers mandate COVID-19 shots. The Biden White House says it’s confident the requirement will withstand the challenges, but legal experts are divided over which side is likely to prevail. Several businesses also joined the lawsuits filed Friday, saying they don't want to insert themselves into their employees' health care decisions. Governor Kay Ivey also signed a bill allowing employees an easier path to religious or medical exemptions for a White House mandate. January is also the deadline for a separate COVID-19 vaccination mandate, which is expected to hit Alabama especially hard. The state reportedly has the fourth largest number of federal workers compared to privately employed staffers in the nation, with close to fifty thousand staffers.

Pat Duggins is news director for Alabama Public Radio.
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