Gov. Kay Ivey's executive order regarding Covid-19 vaccines draws mixed reactions

Ivey says she's issuing the executive order to "fight overreaching Covid-19 vaccine mandates."

Posted: Oct 25, 2021 10:45 PM
Updated: Oct 26, 2021 1:02 PM

Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey announced an executive order Monday related to Covid-19 vaccine mandates.

You can find a copy of it here

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Ivey said she's issuing the executive order to "fight overreaching Covid-19 vaccine mandates."

Her statement said, in part, "I am adamantly opposed to federal mandates related to the Covid-19 vaccine and adamantly opposed to state mandates related to the Covid-19 vaccine, plain and simple. As long as I am your governor, the state of Alabama will not force anyone to take a Covid-19 vaccine."

This comes after President Joe Biden announced several vaccine-related requirements that would apply to as many as 100 million Americans. Currently, Alabama still has one of the lowest fully vaccinated rates in the country with 44%, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

"Efforts to stop — I think a lot of people would encourage that, because most employers don't actually mandate their vaccinations voluntarily," said Cindy Doty, a senior human resources consultant with PassionHR. "It is just so, so complicated. Employers are just trying to figure out how to comply."

There are people on both sides. Some believe individuals should have the freedom to choose whether to get the vaccine, while others believe everyone should get it.

"If you are healthy, so to speak, and all that kind of stuff, then I think it should be up to your choice to get it or not," Huntsville resident Jake Barrett said. "I don't think you should be fired or lose your job over not getting it."

"Gov. Ivey's executive order doesn't change any of the deadlines that employers currently have," Doty said. "It just lets us know that she's going to fight it."

Ivey said the federal government’s "outrageous overreach" has simply given her no other option but to begin taking action. This executive or der, she said, will be challenged in federal courts. Ivey believes Alabama will win the battle in court. 

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