Georgia schools mandate vaccines even as state sues feds


FILE – Protesters call for Georgia university administrators to mandate masks and vaccination at Georgia State University, on Thursday, Sept. 9, 2021, in Atlanta. Faculty and employees connected to federal contracts at Georgia public universities are now being told they must be vaccinated by Dec. 8 and that masks will be required in some areas because of a federal order the state is suing to block. (AP Photo/Jeff Amy, File)

ATLANTA (AP) — Some Georgia universities are mandating vaccines for federal contract employees, even as the Georgia state government sues President Joe Biden’s administration to block the requirement.

It’s unclear how many employees and student workers the federal rules will cover in Georgia. The University System of Georgia had previously mandated that its 26 schools couldn’t require COVID-19 vaccines or masks.

The rules extend the vaccine requirement to other employees working alongside those connected to federal contracts. The federal rules also require masking and social distancing.

The share of workers covered is likely highest at Augusta University, the University of Georgia, Georgia State University and Georgia Tech. Some schools may not be affected at all.

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