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The Eastern Kentucky University Faculty Senate approved a resolution to ask the university administration to institute a COVID-19 vaccine mandate on Oct. 4.

The resolution states, “Eastern Kentucky University is committed to holding in-person classes, requiring students, faculty and staff to be on campus and in close proximity with each other. The COVID-19 pandemic remains a real and persistent threat to the health and safety of any person forced to work in a public setting, with a current positivity rate of 10.99% and a mortality rate of 1.9%. The overwhelming preponderance of medical evidence shows that current vaccinations against COVID-19 are safe, effective, and offer the best opportunity for suppressing the virus in the long term.”

The resolution continues, “Public health and immunology experts believe that population immunity against the delta variant can only be achieved when we reach 90-95% vaccinated, meaning that our current statewide vaccination rate of 56% (as of 9/28/21) still presents conditions that jeopardize the health, welfare, and lives of people on campus and in our local community, particularly children under 12 and others at increased risk. Be it therefore resolved, that the Administration of Eastern Kentucky University will impose a Mandate requiring proof of vaccination against COVID-19 for all faculty, staff, and students. Exceptions to this Mandate will be determined by the Administration and University Counsel.”

With the resolution passing, the faculty is asking the administration to institute a campus-wide mandate. Approximately 77% of faculty senators voted to approve asking the administration to mandate a vaccine for faculty, staff and students. Approximately 19% voted against the resolution for various reasons.

This story will be updated when more information is available.

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