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NSHE Board of Directors Approves Dec. 1 Deadline for Staff Vaccination Requirement for COVID-19 | Education

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The board on Thursday approved an emergency policy change that requires every NSHE employee to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by December 1.



UPDATE (Sep 30) – The board on Thursday approved an emergency policy change that requires every NSHE employee to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by December 1.

“Basically we’re saying every employee should be vaccinated by December 1, unless they have a medical or religious exemption,” District 11 regent Jason Geddes said.

The board of directors voted 10 to three to adopt the mandate after more than two hours of public testimony and commentary.

The three ‘no’s’ consisted of Clark County Regents Patrick Boylan, Byron Brooks and Lois Tarkanian.

After the scheduled warnings, by December, employees at Nevada’s public colleges and universities, such as the UNLV and the College of Southern Nevada, will need to get vaccinated to avoid being made redundant.

The board on Thursday approved an emergency policy change that requires every NSHE employee to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by December 1.



“If you are not vaccinated by December 1, for all professional employees, we start the dismissal procedures,” he said. “Ideally, this thing will decrease considerably and the students will be able to be on campus.”

The original story continues below.


LAS VEGAS (FOX5) – More than 18,000 or 75% of the 23,883 employees at the Nevada System of Higher Education are now vaccinated against COVID-19.

The COVID-19 vaccination rate for NSHE employees has increased by almost 35% since the rates were first reported last week.

The state task force on COVID-19 and the board of directors of the Nevada higher education system held separate meetings on Thursday to shed light on the status of vaccinations and the requirements for employees get vaccinated.



Six of NSHE’s eight campuses report that more than 70% of employees are vaccinated. The other two campuses are at 65% and more.

Among all NSHE employees, which includes academic and administrative professors, classified staff, graduate assistants, students and others of the eight institutions, system administration and system IT services, the vaccination rate has risen. at 75.6%, compared to the previous week’s rate of 56.1%.

There were several reasons for the percentage growth, not only were more employees getting vaccinated, but the state’s database, Web-IZ, was updated by the NSHE and its institutions. Volunteers and independent contractors have also been removed from the total number of NSHE employees, as they are not directly paid by NSHE.






A vaccine is being prepared at the UNLV on January 20, 2021.




The growth in the vaccination rate follows the unanimous decision of the Board of Directors to allow NSHE Chancellor Melody Rose to develop a COVID-19 vaccination policy for all NSHE employees.

Once the Chancellor and her team formulate the policy, which will include collecting thoughts and ideas from NSHE stakeholders, it will be presented to the Board of Directors at a special meeting scheduled for September 30 to discuss and possibly act on the proposed policy.


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