THURSDAY UPDATES: MU sets deadline for coronavirus vaccine proof, exemption
The University of Missouri has set a deadline for employees to prove they're vaccinated against the coronavirus or to submit documentation to get an exemption to the mandate.
MU leaders said in an email to campus Thursday that employees must submit their documents by Jan. 18. The University of Missouri Board of Curators approved a resolution last month allowing the UM System to comply with a federal executive order requiring vaccination for federal contractors. The system receives millions of federal dollars for research.
The mandate applies to anyone on campus whose job is funded with federal dollars or who works closely with someone whose job is federally funded. However, anyone who thinks they're exempt must request an exemption. Exemptions are also available for religious and medical reasons.
MU will hold online training sessions about submitting documentation on Dec. 13, according to the email. The email noted that the mandate is being challenged in court and MU's requirements could change.
MU Health Care employees are also under a blanket vaccine requirement separate from the federal contractor mandate.
Employees who don't follow the campus-wide vaccine requirement will be subject to counseling and possible discipline, including firing, MU says in the email.
It's not clear how many MU employees are vaccinated. As of Wednesday, the campus reported 23 active student coronavirus cases and 12 active cases in faculty and staff . More than 53% of Boone County residents are fully vaccinated, according to state health officials .
More than 3,000 COVID-19 cases added in Missouri
The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services added 2,470 confirmed COVID-19 cases to the state dashboard Thursday morning, as well as 1,025 new antigen cases.
This brings the total number of confirmed cases in Missouri to 745,170 and the total number of antigen cases to 168, 739.
DHHS also added 8 new deaths to the dashboard, bringing that total to 12,610.
The positivity rate increased Thursday morning, now sitting at 12.2%.
According to DHHS, 63 people were hospitalized Thursday bringing the total number of hospitalized COVID-19 patients to 1,413.
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