Federal order prompts worker vaccination mandate at UWM | WUWM 89.7 FM

The College of Wisconsin-Milwaukee is requiring workers to get vaccinated in opposition to COVID-19 by Jan. 4.

The mandate is a results of an executive order from the Biden administration, requiring vaccination for federal contractors.

Chancellor Mark Mone stated the order applies to UWM as a result of it receives federal funding for analysis initiatives.

“We’re implementing this requirement to adjust to federal regulation,” Mone said. “UWM has not chosen this vaccine mandate for our workers.”

Some UWM workers have been pushing for a vaccination mandate. Affiliate professor Nick Fleisher, who leads an advocacy group for college is one in all them.

“The explanations for having a mandate are partly about encouraging folks to get vaccinated, nevertheless it’s additionally to type of ship a sign – a public sign – in regards to the significance of vaccination,” Fleisher stated. “You’ll be able to attempt to stress that by saying how vital you assume it’s, however finally actions and insurance policies converse louder.”

Eighty-six % of UWM workers have already provided proof of vaccination, and the quantity may very well be increased since about 1,400 haven’t reported their standing, in line with a college spokesperson. UWM workers are allowed to request a medical or spiritual exemption.

Pupil workers are included within the mandate, however college students general are usually not. UWM already has a excessive pupil vaccination fee, which is at 93%. The varsity has offered monetary and different incentives for college students to get the vaccine.

UW System Interim President Tommy Thompson has been proof against a systemwide vaccination mandate. However he stated at a board of regents meeting in November that colleges with federal analysis contracts would adjust to the federal order if crucial.

“I can’t put the a whole lot of hundreds of thousands of federal {dollars} related to analysis that’s integral to the mission of our universities in danger,” Thompson stated.

Thompson famous there are authorized challenges to the federal mandate pending.

A UW System spokesperson stated Tuesday that solely UW-Milwaukee and UW-Madison have issued worker vaccine mandates to date.

UWM joins a handful of different native schooling establishments with vaccine necessities, together with Marquette College, Alverno Faculty, and Milwaukee Public Colleges.

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