Alabama lawmakers approve job protections for unvaccinated


A late arrival walks up the steps of the illuminated Alabama Capitol in Montgomery. Ala., as Gov. Don Siegelman delivers his State-of-the-State address inside, Tuesday, Feb. 1, 2000. Lawmakers and educators can be seen gathered in the windows of the House chamber on the second and third floors of the Capitol. (AP Photo/Dave Martin)

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama lawmakers approved legislation to prevent companies from firing workers who claim a religious or medical exemption to COVID-19 vaccination mandates.

The Alabama Legislature gave final approval to the bill Thursday night.

It now goes to Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey. Republicans said they were responding to an outcry from unvaccinated constituents afraid of losing their jobs because of the Biden administration’s vaccine mandate on federal contractors and others.

Democrats said the bill would put both federal contractors and public health in jeopardy for the sake of scoring political points.

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