UW–Madison responds to federal COVID-19 vaccination mandate


COVID-19 vaccination saves lives and protects us and our friends, families and communities against serious illness. On Sept. 9, President Biden issued an executive order requiring COVID-19 vaccination for all federal contractors. UW–Madison currently holds federal contracts valued at more than $116 million. In order to comply with the broad scope of the order, all employees (not only those who directly work on federal contracts) must provide proof of vaccination or receive a medical or religious accommodation exempting them from the requirement. This includes student hourly employees.

The executive order requires that employees complete their vaccination series (one dose of Johnson & Johnson or two doses of Pfizer or Moderna) no later than Jan. 4, 2022. Alternatively, employees may request a medical or religious exemption.

Employees who do not comply with the vaccination requirement or receive an accommodation permitted under the executive order by Jan. 4, 2022, will face sanctions that will begin with education and will lead to discipline possibly culminating in termination. Read more …