Major Universities Require Employees To Get Covid-19 Vaccine

MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) — The three largest public universities in Kansas will require all employees to be vaccinated by Dec. 8 to comply with a directive from President Joe Biden.

Officials with Kansas State University, the University of Kansas and Wichita State all announced Friday the schools will comply with Biden's directive ordering vaccinations for federal contractors.

The announcements came after the Board of Regents determined the federal mandate applies to research institutions that administer federal contracts.

Emporia State University and Fort Hays are not required to follow the mandate because they do not have federal contracts. Pittsburg State officials said they were reviewing the requirements and would have comment later.

Employees will be allowed to apply for religious and medical exemptions but those who simply refuse to be vaccinated would be disciplined or possibly fired, The Topeka Capital-Journal reported.

In a memo to the colleges, Kansas Board of Regents president Blake Flanders said universities had “no choice” but to comply with the federal order because failure to do so would jeopardize hundreds of millions of dollars from contracts the institutions have with federal agencies and subcontracts with other government contractors.