Federal ordinance requires COVID-19 vaccination for university employees at AU, UAB, UAH and Auburn University
On September 9, 2021, President Joe Biden signed Executive Order 14042, which was the subject of guidance from the Safer Federal Workforce Task Force. Through this ordinance and guidelines, the federal government requires all federal contractors and subcontractors to prescribe COVID-19 vaccination for employees, including those working at a university on federal contracts.
As federal contractors, and like most institutions of higher education, the campuses of the University of Alabama system – including the University of Alabama, the University of Alabama at Birmingham, and the University of Alabama at Huntsville – and Auburn University must comply with Executive Order and Guidelines, unless such Order is withdrawn or amended. Therefore, according to the provisions of the executive decree at this time, universities are required to ensure that employees are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by December 8, 2021, unless they have a approved medical, disability or religious exemption.
Because this vaccination requirement is mandated by the federal government, our institutions have no flexibility in its application or execution. If not met, our universities risk losing hundreds of millions of dollars received under federal contracts and prices, as well as thousands of jobs funded by those dollars. This result would have serious repercussions on the teaching, research and service capacities of our institutions and could hamper economic development activity.
Understanding these serious ramifications, the University of Alabama and Auburn University system campuses informed employees today of the federally imposed vaccination requirement. In continued collaboration with educational enterprises across the state, the two institutions will closely monitor the decree and guidelines.