A university hospital in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, is no longer requiring its employees to get vaccinated against COVID-19 — an about face from the position the medical center held just one month ago.
Officials with the University of Alabama said they are reversing the policy as they await details from the federal government following President Joe Biden’s edict mandating all employers with more than 100 staff members to require inoculation against the coronavirus, WBRC-TV reported.
Defending the decision, Alabama Hospital Association President Dr. Ron Williamson said most hospitals in the region are not requiring the shots right now, noting the UAB center was one of the few to mandate vaccination.
Hospital staff, he said, have high vaccination rates, regardless, with anywhere from 50% to 80% of workers fully inoculated against COVID-19, depending on the hospital.
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