UAB pauses vaccine requirement in face of federal mandate

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — The University of Alabama at Birmingham has ended a COVID vaccine requirement for medical employees as officials await details about a federal mandate for health care workers.

UAB Health in August announced employees and others working in its hospitals and clinics must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by Nov. 12.

The employer announced Friday that it was withdrawing the policy in the face of the coming federal mandate.  

President Joe Biden this month announced a sweeping new vaccination push. The expansive rules mandate workers at health facilities that receive federal Medicare or Medicaid also will have to be fully vaccinated.

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