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OSU announces COVID-19 vaccine mandate for its employees

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Note: This article was updated to include the university's announcement on Friday.

Oklahoma State and the University of Oklahoma will require employees to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.

On Sept. 9, an executive order requiring the vaccine for all federal employees, contractors and others.

The mandate also includes medical and religious exemptions.

OSU has federal contracts that exceed $90 million in a year 2021, making the university subject to follow the mandate. 

The mandate will apply to OSU employees including full-time and part-time faculty and staff, graduate and undergraduate students, university employees and students in graduate assistantships. This does not apply to the whole student population.

The deadline for the vaccine requirement moved from Dec. 8 to Jan. 4, and to be considered fully vaccinated in compliance with the mandate has changed. 

Before, employees need to get the shots required and complete the two-week period required to develop immunity.

"Now to be considered fully vaccinated, employees must receive the necessary shots only — two for Pfizer and Moderna or one for Johnson & Johnson — and upload their vaccination card by Jan. 4," according to the statement sent by the university. "COVID-19 vaccines approved by the World Health Organization will also satisfy the vaccine requirement."

Employees who have already received their vaccine through University Health Services may consent to allow the submission of vaccination records to OSU Human Resources through the Employee Vaccine Portal.

For questions about the new mandate look here to read answers to frequently asked questions and or email to submit your questions.