JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Most employees at Mississippi’s eight public universities will be required to be vaccinated against COVID-19.
The Mississippi Institutions of Higher Learning board of trustees took a vote on the same day the health department reported that Mississippi surpassed 10,000 coronavirus-related deaths.
The board scheduled a special meeting to discuss a Sept. 9 executive order from President Joe Biden that requires employees who do work connected to federal contracts be vaccinated.
The order states contractors must be vaccinated by Dec. 8 unless they qualify for a medical, disability or religious exemption.
Mississippi universities have approximately 120 federal contracts totaling at least $271 million.
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