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OU and OSU to require all employees to be vaccinated for COVID-19


The University of Oklahoma and Oklahoma State University announced Friday that employees at the two schools must be vaccinated for COVID-19 by Dec. 8.

The move comes after the Biden administration mandated federal contractors require their employees to get vaccinated for COVID-19 in September.

After some time, that has spurred OU and OSU to mandate vaccination. The state’s largest universities have a multitude of federal contracts and grants and not mandating vaccines could cost hundreds of millions of dollars.

In letters sent to employees Friday morning, administrators explained that those who want to seek exemptions for medical and religious reasons can do so. 

Tens of thousands of people work for the two schools. The vaccine mandates won’t affect students who don’t have jobs with the respective universities.

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Robby Korth grew up in Ardmore, Oklahoma and Fayetteville, Arkansas, and graduated from the University of Nebraska with a journalism degree.
StateImpact Oklahoma reports on education, health, environment, and the intersection of government and everyday Oklahomans. It's a reporting project and collaboration of KGOU, KOSU, KWGS and KCCU, with broadcasts heard on NPR Member stations.
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