Minnesota State system implements vaccine mandate for employees

For remote workers who may want to leave their homes to visit their campus or office "for more than 10 minutes," the same vaccine requirement applies.

Minnesota State Chancellor Devinder Malhotra (Minnesota State/Facebook)

The Minnesota State system has deemed COVID-19 vaccination a requirement of employment beginning September 8.

Following the governor’s announcement that all state agency employees will be mandated to get vaccinated by September 8, Minnesota State announced that all staff at its universities and colleges will need to show proof of full COVID-19 vaccination or “be tested at least weekly.”

For remote workers who may want to leave their homes to visit their campus or office “for more than 10 minutes,” the same requirement applies, according to a statement from Chancellor Devinder Malhotra.

While a vaccine mandate for students is not in place, Minnesota State says it will continue “to strongly encourage our students to be vaccinated as soon as possible.”

Minnesota State will continue to follow CDC guidance on masking indoors, the announcement says.

Current CDC guidelines say anyone who is not fully vaccinated should wear a mask in public indoor spaces.

“Vaccines are the way we end this pandemic … If you have been waiting to get your shot, now is the time,” the chancellor’s announcement adds.

Minnesota State runs 37 universities and colleges across the state.

Gov. Tim Walz announced Wednesday that all state agency employees must be vaccinated by September 8 or show a negative test weekly.

“I urge other employers to do the same,” Walz said in a statement.

Minnesota State, Minnesota state agencies, University of Minnesota campuses, Allina Health, Mayo Clinic, M Health Fairview, Sanford Health, and almost a dozen private universities are now requiring the COVID-19 vaccine for their employees and, in many cases, students.

The University of Minnesota recently flipped its stance on a vaccine mandate, after saying eight weeks ago that vaccination would not be required for students and staff.


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Rose Williams is an assistant editor for Alpha News.