Lee Health will not continue enforcing vaccine mandate for employees

Lee Health says it will no longer enforce its vaccine mandate for employees.

The health system initially said it would but backtracked Thursday evening.

Lee Health announced that because a federal judge put a stay on President Joe Biden’s mandate, the federal agency that was to enforce it now will not.

Initially, Lee Health had mandated that its 13,000-plus employees be fully vaccinated by Jan. 4.

A federal judge issued a nationwide stay on the mandate meaning it is on hold.

If a federal court lifts the stay, Lee Health will have to decide whether to mandate vaccines again.

“It’s a sticky wicket for both employers and for employees because the employees don’t know exactly what their quote-unquote rights are. And the employers are trying to make sure that they’re not violating,” said Employment Attorney Scott Atwood with Henderson Franklin Law Firm.

Reporter:Rachel Cox-Rosen
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