Advising Covered Employees of Federal Vaccination Requirement
On September 9, President Biden issued Executive Order 14042, “Ensuring Adequate COVID-19 Safety Protocols for Federal Contractors,” requiring federal contractors to comply with directives from the Safer Federal Workforce Task Force. On September 24, the Task Force issued guidance requiring covered employees involved in (or in contact with others involved in) federal contracts to be fully vaccinated, with limited legal exemptions. On November 1, the Federal Task Force issued updated guidance that requires employers to make a good faith effort to have covered employees vaccinated by December 8. We have been working to review all notifications to assess implications and provide the guidance below.
Together with the Medical University of South Carolina and the University of South Carolina, we steward hundreds of millions of dollars in annual research expenditures on behalf of the federal government, impacting the lives of many inside South Carolina, across the nation and world. Federal funding is critical to our mission as research institutions and our continued work. At the same time, we respect and recognize medical and religious considerations for individuals regarding vaccination.
To comply with the executive order, Clemson University is requiring those individuals who are designated as covered employees under the mandate to be vaccinated or to apply for medical or religious exemptions by December 8. Covered employees are those employees working on applicable federal contracts, those who perform support work (such as finance, human resources and legal) for such contracts, and those who work in the same locations as the first two groups.
If you have already been vaccinated, you may submit or review your previously submitted proof of vaccination information via the COVID-19 Vaccine Tool. If you have not yet been vaccinated, free vaccinations are available at Littlejohn. While walk-ins are accepted, registration is requested to avoid long lines.
We are in the process of notifying affected groups of covered employees. Notifications in the coming days will include more detail about how to file an accommodation request. As we continue to monitor affected employees and locations to meet the federal requirements, we will update the Clemson community should revised guidance such as a wider group be necessary to achieve the mandate.