Mandatory Screening, Vaccination, and Testing Policies

As a world-class medical center operating as part of a public education and research university, UAB Medicine is dedicated to the preservation of health and prevention of disease. UAB Medicine desires to provide a safe and healthy work environment and to promote the health and well being of its employees, visitors and patients.

COVID-19 Vaccination Policy
At this time, UAB Health System does not require employees to get the COVID-19 vaccination. On September 9, 2021, however, President Biden issued a new COVID-19 Action Plan that requires COVID-19 vaccination for 17 million health care workers working at 50,000 health care facilities nationwide, including UAB Health System. We anticipate that the federal government will issue rules and regulations regarding the COVID-19 Action Plan in the coming weeks that set out the specific legal requirements UAB Health System and other health care providers must follow regarding the vaccination requirement.  When that occurs, UAB Health System will establish a new COVID-19 vaccination policy that is consistent with the law and that will require all employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. 

Seasonal Flu Vaccination Policy
All UAB Medicine employees are required to receive the flu vaccine each year. The flu vaccine will be offered as part of the health screening process for all new employees. If the individual has had the flu vaccine, documentation will be required to update our records for compliance. Failure to comply will result in an initial, unpaid suspension from work up to five (5) calendar days. Failure to obtain the vaccine during the five (5) day suspension will be considered voluntary resignation of employment, and clinical faculty will lose their privileges.

Tuberculosis (TB) Screening
Certain UAB Medicine employees are subject to pre-employment and annual Tuberculosis (TB) screenings.

Additional Tests & Screenings
For certain positions, employees are subject to additional screenings including Respirator FIT Testing (pre-employment, annually), Basic Life Support and Advanced Life Support (pre-employment, every two years), and other tests or screenings as required.