Former federal judge weighs in on Gov. Ivey’s Executive Order on federal COVID-19 vaccine mandates

Published: Oct. 26, 2021 at 10:19 AM CDT
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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WBRC) - Governor Kay Ivey signed an Executive Order Monday against COVID-19 vaccine mandates from the federal government.

A federal vaccine mandate has yet to take place, but former federal judge John Carroll believes the move by the governor lays the groundwork ahead of the December 8th deadline.

Carroll feels Governor Ivey’s executive order is narrowly focused. It says the state will never issue a vaccine mandate and that it’s not going to punish people for refusing to follow whatever federal mandates come down the line.

Carroll says we’re seeing universities get ready to follow a federal mandate and feels Ivey’s executive order is trying to get ahead of it.

“We’ve heard Auburn and the University of Alabama say they are getting ready and that sort of thing, but I think this is sort of the preliminary to the state fighting a vaccine mandate when it finally comes into play,” Carroll said.

Tuesday the University of Alabama issued the following statement on their position concerning federal vaccine mandates.

As federal contractors, and like most higher education institutions, the University of Alabama System campuses must comply with President Biden’s Executive Order 14042 and the accompanying guidance, unless that Executive Order is withdrawn or modified. Because this vaccination requirement is mandated by the federal government, our institutions do not have flexibility in its application or enforcement. Failure to comply will place our universities in jeopardy of losing hundreds of millions of dollars received through federal contracts and awards, as well as thousands of jobs funded by those dollars. You can view our full statement here.

The governor’s executive order also says people should cooperate if the attorney general decides to sue over a federal vaccine mandate.


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