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Nevada keeps vaccine mandate for college and university staff, terminates contracts of unvaccinated

Hundreds of unvaccinated employees who work at public colleges and universities in Nevada had their contracts terminated on Friday, only one day after state Board of Regents voted to keep a staff vaccine mandate in effect, officials have confirmed.

The Nevada System of Higher Education Board of Regents on Thursday deadlocked 6-6 on a measure to repeal the staff vaccine mandate and then rejected a measure to push the effective termination date back two weeks.

As there was not a majority support for a repeal, the mandate, which Gov. Steve Sisolak and the Nevada Faculty Alliance support, remains in effect.

Higher education officials said on Friday that 379 employees were being terminated, 188 attribution employees ended their contracts and 18 more voluntarily resigned. Employees who are fired will have the possibility of being re-instated if they show proof of vaccination in January, regents said.

“The pandemic has underscored the importance of delivering a safe and effective in-person educational experience for our students and the vaccine will help our institutions achieve that goal,” Regent Amy Carvalho said in a statement.

With the staff mandate remaining in effect, universities are set to begin the semester with a mandate on staff and without one on students.

Regents in support of the mandate said it was the best way to maintain health on campuses, while those opposed noted that it was unfair to impose a mandate on staff, but not on students.

ARTICLE: PAUL MURDOCH 

MANAGING EDITOR: CARSON CHOATE

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