ECU requiring some employees to get vaccinated

Published: Oct. 25, 2021 at 10:32 AM EDT
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GREENVILLE, N.C. (WITN) - East Carolina University is telling some of its employees they must get a COVID-19 vaccine by Dec. 8th.

In a memo to employees Monday morning, Chancellor Phil Rogers said the mandate “applies to all employees who are working on or in connection with a federal contract or who work in the same location as employees working on a federal contract.”

ECU says they receive more than $8 million in federal contract funding, and those funds directly pay the salaries of over 40 employees.

The mandate is in response to President Joe Biden’s executive order that requires vaccinations for employees of federal contractors.

The university said the mandate applies to full and part-time employees as well as those working remotely.

ECU says it will notify affected employees by tomorrow, and exemptions will be allowed for the mandate for those with “a medical disability or having a sincerely held religious belief.”

Michael Van Scott, ECU’s interim vice chancellor, said more than 100 ECU employees are under federal contract.

And 82% of their faculty and staff have been vaccinated so far.

WITN asked Van Scott what would happen to the people that are required to get vaccinated but choose not to get it.

“That question can go a number of ways. What’s the federal government going to do and what are we going to do to employees? Like any other mandate we’ve had with covid, there’s disciplinary action that are put in place if someone does not comply with university policy.”

Michael Van Scott, ECU interim vice chancellor

ECU professor Tom Rickenbach is one of the federal contract employees required to get vaccinated.

“Like we’ve done with other diseases in the past like polio or TB and so on. This is no different. We all have to do that and I’m very happy to hear at E-C-U we’re going to be required to do so.”

Tom Rickenbach, ECU professor

Employees who do not comply with the federal mandate may be subject to disciplinary action, according to the university.

North Carolina State University and UNC-Chapel Hill sent out similar memos to their employees this morning.

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