Few federal courts report that they require COVID-19 vaccines for court employees

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Few federal courts have reported that they are requiring COVID-19 vaccines for court workers, although an order this week requires the employees to report their vaccination status.

Reuters has the story.

Vaccines are required in three federal appeals courts, nine district courts and two bankruptcy courts, according to a list maintained by the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts. Exceptions to the mandate vary.

Some courts may have been left off the list because it is based on court reports.

The Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts has not adopted a vaccine mandate. Agency spokesman Charles Hall explained why in an interview with Reuters.

“We are a resource body, not a command-and-control headquarters for the courts,” Hall said.

Federal appeals courts listed as requiring vaccines are the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals at Chicago, the 10th Circuit at Denver and the 11th Circuit at Atlanta.

District courts listed as requiring vaccines are Connecticut, the Northern District of Illinois, New Jersey, Rhode Island, Maryland, the Eastern District of Virginia, the Southern District of Florida, the Southern District of New York and the Southern District of Texas.

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