STORRS, Conn. (WTNH) – The University of Connecticut announced on Wednesday that employees at the UConn Storrs and regional campuses, and UConn Health in Farmington, will be required to be fully vaccinated.
This comes after a policy was determined by the University in collaboration with the unions that represent the faculty and staff.
UConn has somewhere around 9,800 full and part-time employees across the state.
According to a union spokesperson, a large percentage of them have already been vaccinated.
UConn Spokesperson Stephanie Reitz told News 8 the rise in COVID cases and the Delta variant have been a concern at UConn. She said university leaders wondered how effective it would be to have only the students vaccinated.
“UConn already has the student policy. And, it doesn’t make a lot of sense to have part of your population be vaccinated and monitored, and then the other part not. For instance, if you have a classroom with a room full of students who are vaccinated, and a faculty member who is not, that’s potentially an issue,” Reitz said.
Employees must show evidence of vaccination by Oct. 15 or request to receive an exemption or deferral, which would require them to be tested weekly.
UConn students who live on campus and/or have in-person classes are also required to be vaccinated against COVID-19. As of Aug. 18, Reitz said 96% of their Storrs residential students are partially or fully vaccinated.