Alaska Railroad board rescinds employee vaccine mandate

    ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The board of the Alaska Railroad has voted to rescind a requirement for all of its employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19.

    Initially, railroad employees of the state-owned corporation were supposed to be vaccinated by Dec. 8 to comply with vaccine requirements ordered by President Joe Biden.

    Those rules in part required vaccination for employees of contractors doing business with the federal government.

    The Anchorage Daily News reports the railroad is a federal contractor.

    A railroad spokesperson says Tuesday's board vote followed legal challenges to the federal mandate.

    The spokesman says failure to comply with the mandate could cost Alaska Railroad millions of dollars in federal grants and contracts.

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