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NMSU to require Covid-19 vaccines for all employees, eliminates weekly testing option

LAS CRUCES, New Mexico — New Mexico State University will now require all faculty and other workers - including student employees - to be fully vaccinated against Covid-19 by by Dec. 8, eliminating the alternative of weekly coronavirus testing.

The change in university policy comes in the wake of President Joe Biden's recent executive order which requires employees of all federal contractors to be vaccinated.

“The NMSU system maintains millions of dollars in federal contracts that support research and development in a broad range of disciplines,” Chancellor Dan Arvizu said in explaining the policy change. “We are among hundreds of universities across the country who are considered to be federal contractors. After consulting with federal and state agencies, as well as our legal counsel, we’ve determined that this vaccine requirement applies to every employee in our system.”

In a memo to university employees on Wednesday, Arvizu said the weekly testing option that was allowed as part of the NMSU's original vaccination mandate rolled out in August can no longer be offered as a result of Biden's directive. He said he hoped all university workers would opt to get vaccinated and keep their jobs.

At present, NMSU said more than 85 percent of the university's roughly 7,500 employees have already been vaccinated against Covid-19.

Jim Parker

Jim Parker is the Director of Digital Content for ABC-7.

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  2. Horowitz: Irish county with 99.7% vaccination rate has highest COVID case rate

    With 99.7% of adults in the Irish county of Waterford having received the COVID shots, they have the highest per-capita case rate of COVID anywhere in the country. Are they now going to suggest it’s the fault of the 0.3%?

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  3. Judge delivers crushing blow to Biden’s military vaccine mandate A Washington, D.C., district court judge issued a temporary restraining order Thursday that prevents both civilian and active-duty military plaintiffs from being terminated after they sued the Biden administration over religious exemptions to COVID-19 vaccines.

    “None of the civilian employee plaintiffs will be subject to discipline while his or her request for a religious exception is pending,” District Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly ordered, according to a Minute Order.

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