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Legal questions about COVID answered

Attorney General Steve Marshall has released public guidance to address legal questions surrounding COVID-19 vaccinations in Alabama. In recent weeks, the Attorney General’s Office has experienced a sharp increase in vaccine- related inquiries and complaints.

In releasing the guidance, Attorney General Marshall explained, “Every Alabamian
should educate themselves on the state of our laws when it comes to COVID-19
vaccinations. In publishing this guidance, we have outlined the new law and its
implications and addressed the most common legal questions.”
Many Alabamians may not be aware of the new law passed by the Legislature and
enacted by the Governor in May 2021. The law contains four provisions:
It prohibits state and local governmental entities from issuing or requiring the
publication or sharing of immunization records not otherwise required by law;
It prohibits state and local governmental entities from requiring vaccination as a
condition for receiving government services or for entry into a government building;
It prohibits institutions of education—both public and private—from requiring students
to prove any new immunization status as a condition of attendance; and
It prohibits businesses from refusing to provide goods or services, or refusing to allow
admission, to an individual based on the customer’s immunization status or lack of
immunization documentation.
The guidance document explains the new law on COVID-19 vaccination
requirements and other related matters. For details, follow this link: https://www.alabamaag.gov/Documents/news/AL%20COVID%2019%20Vaccine%20Guidance.pdf