To comply with multiple federal mandates, UA implemented an employee COVID-19 vaccination requirement on Oct. 22. Specifically, President Biden’s Executive Order 14042 mandates that employees of federal contractors are required to be vaccinated against COVID-19, and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) mandated vaccination of employees of health care facilities.
Federal courts have now put the vaccine requirement on hold for further consideration. A federal judge on Dec. 7 issued a nationwide order to suspend the vaccine mandate for employees of federal contractors. This follows a Nov. 30 federal court order to suspend the CMS vaccine mandate for health care workers.
As a result, UA’s vaccine requirement is suspended. At this time, UA will not be required to take action regarding unvaccinated employees on Jan. 4, 2022. Because the ultimate outcome of legal challenges is not decided, UA will continue to closely monitor legal developments and provide guidance to employees.
If the injunctions are lifted by the courts, UA must be ready to comply with federal requirements. If you are an employee (including student employees) who does not already have a COVID-19 vaccine record or an approved vaccine exemption on file with UA, please consider taking the following steps as a voluntary measure:
Taking these voluntary steps now will help ensure (1) medical, disability or religious exemption requests are processed in a timely manner, and (2) UA can achieve compliance if the injunctions are lifted.
COVID-19 vaccines and booster shots (Moderna, Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson) are available at no cost and by appointment only at University Medical Center. Call (205) 348-1471 to make an appointment, and leave your name, date of birth and a way for UMC to contact you. Vaccines are also available at no cost at the UA Student Health Center and Pharmacy and at other medical facilities or pharmacies.
University Medical Center in Tuscaloosa is offering Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines to UMC patients ages 5-11 on Tuesdays and Thursdays by appointment only. Call (205) 348-1471 to schedule an appointment, and leave your name, date of birth and a way for UMC to contact you.
University Medical Center in Tuscaloosa continues to offer first and second Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine doses to to UMC patients 12 years and older, and Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines for patients 18 years and older. Call (205) 348-1471 to schedule an appointment, and leave your name, date of birth and a way for UMC to contact you.
University Medical Center in Demopolis continues to offer the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine to patients ages 18 and older by appointment only.
Please come to all vaccination appointments with a form of photo identification, health insurance card and your COVID-19 vaccine card.