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OU, OSU temporarily halts vaccine requirements for employees


The University of Oklahoma and Oklahoma State are temporarily suspending their COVID-19 vaccination requirements for employees. The move comes after a federal judge issued an injunction against a Biden administration requirement for federal contractors to get vaccinated.

The universities announced that employees no longer have to get the COVID-19 vaccine or file a medical or religious exemption. They were previously required to do so by early 2022. That could be subject to change, though. If the Biden administration is eventually successful in enforcing a coronavirus vaccine mandate for federal contractors, the universities would likely reinstitute the requirement.

Hundreds of millions of dollars in each school’s budget comes from federal sources.

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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.
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