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State comptroller suspends vaccine exemption against COVID-19

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — The Tennessee Comptroller’s Office is suspending all waivers granted under the COVID-19 Omnibus Act following preliminary injunctions issued by federal judges.

The waivers granted by the control agency allowed private companies, government agencies, schools, and other employers with federally awarded or modified contracts, subcontracts, or post-secondary grants to impose COVID-19 vaccine requirements as a condition of receiving federal funds. So far, the control agency has granted 69 exemptions since the law went into effect on November 12. These exemptions can be reinstated if the bans are lifted, and it’s legal, control agency officials said.

On Tuesday, a U.S. district judge from the Eastern District of Kentucky issued a preliminary injunction banning the federal government from enforcing the vaccine mandate on federal contractors and subcontractors in Kentucky, Ohio and Tennessee. Therefore, the control agency can no longer determine that compliance would result in a loss of federal funding.

Similarly, a U.S. district judge for the Western District of Louisiana issued a nationwide preliminary injunction on Tuesday ordering and prohibiting the federal government from implementing certain health care providers to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. The Auditor’s Office has granted waivers to Medicare and Medicaid providers, and these waivers have also been suspended.

The Comptroller’s Office will continue to accept and process waiver notices during this time; however, no waivers are granted unless permitted by law. Notices can be submitted at https://comptroller.tn.gov/covidexemption [comptroller.tn.gov]