Auburn announces change to university’s COVID vaccine policy
Auburn University on Tuesday announced that it would pause the enforcement of a mandate that would require all university employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by Dec. 8.
An executive order signed by President Joe Biden in September called for all federal contractors to receive the vaccine. As AL.com’s Tom Green notes, for the purposes of the executive order, Auburn is a “federal contractor”. However, on Tuesday, a federal judge in Georgia moved to block the measure nationally.
Auburn employees that refused to receive the vaccine would face termination. That includes head football coach Bryan Harsin, who has declined to reveal his vaccination status.
In October, under a similar mandate in the state of Washington, now-former Washington State head coach Nick Rolovich was relieved of his duties after declining the vaccine. Rolovich filed for a religious exemption, but it was denied.