The University of Tulsa will be requiring all employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19 in compliance with President Biden's September 9th Executive Order.
In a statement released on Wednesday, TU officials say that the vast majority of TU employees already are immunized and that the remaining employees will be provided support to get the vaccine by December 8. TU says employees will also be able to request an exemption on medical or religious grounds. The University of Tulsa is a federal contractor.
See the full statement below:
On Sept. 9, President Biden signed an executive order directing that all employees of contractors that do business with the federal government are required to be vaccinated against COVID-19. The University of Tulsa is a federal contractor and the order applies to TU along with most other research universities. Universities in Kansas, Mississippi, Alabama, Arizona, Virginia and elsewhere have begun notifying their communities of the need to comply.
After concerted efforts to incentivize and educate our employees about the personal and community benefits of receiving a vaccine, the vast majority of TU employees already are immunized against COVID-19. While these voluntary efforts have proven effective, as demonstrated by our high vaccination rate and our low number of cases, we have no option but to comply with the mandate.
The executive order requires federal contractor employees to be fully vaccinated by Dec. 8, 2021. We have informed our employees of this mandate and will provide support so they can receive the required vaccine in a timely manner or can complete the process to successfully request an exemption on medical or religious grounds.