From The Tribune staff reports
MONTGOMERY — Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall released information on state laws concerning the COVID-19 vaccination after receiving questions from the public on what businesses and public entities are legally able to do.
Marshall said he has seen a recent increase in vaccine-related inquiries and complaints, so he wanted to provide the following guidance outlining a new law and implications of breaking that law:
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 linked here explains the new law on COVID-19 vaccination requirements and other related matters.