CARSON CITY, Nevada (AP) – Hundreds of unvaccinated employees who work at public colleges and universities in Nevada were fired on Friday, a day after higher education officials voted to keep a term of office in effect. staff vaccination.
Regents of the Nevada higher education system on Thursday voted 6-6 on a measure to repeal the staff vaccination mandate and 3-9 on a measure to push the effective end date back by two weeks. Without majority support, the mandate – which Governor Steve Sisolak and the Nevada Faculty Alliance support – remains in place. Employees who have not provided proof of vaccination by December 1 will be terminated.
Higher education officials said on Friday that 379 employees would be made redundant, 188 would terminate their contracts and 18 would resign voluntarily. Laid off employees can apply for reinstatement if they show proof of vaccination in January.
With the staff mandate remaining in effect, universities should start the semester with a staff mandate and without a student mandate. Last week, an emergency mandate imposed on students by the state’s health board expired and state lawmakers chose not to make it permanent.
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