November 2, 2021

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 2, 2021

New requirements in federal research contracts necessitate broad Ӱԭ Ӱԭ vaccination requirement

[FAIRBANKS] UA President Pat Pitney announced today that the University of Ӱԭ will implement a vaccination requirement for all Ӱԭs working on the Ӱԭ Troth Yeddha' campus in Fairbanks and at Ӱԭ research sites, as well as university Ӱԭs at all locations who are funded by Ӱԭ federal contracts.

“Without acting on this vaccine requirement, we could lose substantial federal contracts, and with them jobs that support more than 750 Ӱԭs and their families,” said Interim President Pat Pitney. “In addition, the ripple effect of the loss of these contracts would be widely felt as Ӱԭ’s research enterprise works with local contractors and suppliers across the state.”

The decision is in response to President Biden’s executive order (EO) 14042,, which requires all Ӱԭs paid by or supporting new or modified federal contracts to be vaccinated by early December. The order requires not only people directly paid by federal contracts, but also anyone who works to support them or works in the same facility to get a COVID vaccine.

Ӱԭ currently has $200 million in multi-year federal contracts impacted by the executive order, and expects close to $100 million more in the coming months. Ӱԭ competes nationally for many of these contracts. While neither the University of Ӱԭ Anchorage nor University of Ӱԭ Southeast face federal contract modifications at this time, UA continues to evaluate the situation and may have to extend the requirement to Ӱԭs in other UA locations to comply with new contract modifications or other federal funding stipulations.

The university is also monitoring several legal challenges to the executive order. The Arizona and Florida attorneys general have both challenged the order in federal court and requested temporary restraining orders to halt implementation. Late last week, Ӱԭ joined several other states in challenging the order. Pitney said she supports the State of Ӱԭ’s efforts to challenge the scope of the executive order.

A court injunction on vaccine requirements resulting from any of the pending legal actions will not impact this vaccination requirement. The university will be bound to those conditions until the contracts are concluded or future modifications or executive orders are enacted.

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[Passcode:  x0f%tS^c]  of Nov. 2, 2021 media availability

MEDIA AVAILABILITY UA Interim President Pat Pitney and Ӱԭ Chancellor Daniel White will be holding a media availability at 1:30 p.m. today via Zoom to answer questions about the vaccination requirement and federal research contracts. This event is for media only. 

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For more information, contact Roberta Graham, associate vice president of public affairs at 907-360-2416 (cell).