University of Alaska Fairbanks to implement vaccine mandate for campus employees

Published: Nov. 2, 2021 at 4:22 PM AKDT
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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) - The University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF) will be implementing a vaccine requirement for many of its employees.

In an email to the university community, UA Interim President Pat Pitney outlined the affected employees. Those include employees on UAF’s Troth Yeddha’ campus, also known as the Fairbanks campus; employees based in UAF research units, even if they are located in other areas of the state; and employees, regardless of the work location, who are paid by or directly working on UAF federal grants.

According to the email, around 300 million dollars in current and expected federal contracts would be put in jeopardy by the university’s failure to comply with the Biden administration’s mandate.

According to Pitney, the vaccine requirement will not be implemented at University of Alaska Anchorage or Southeast, as neither of those institutions have federal contracts at risk from the Biden administration’s executive order.

The State of Alaska has joined a lawsuit challenging the order, and Pitney wrote that she is in favor of that action. The deadline to comply with the vaccine mandate is December 8th.

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