Rice University Mandates Employee COVID-19 Vaccinations

Rice University has updated their campus COVID-19 policy on vaccinations from voluntary to mandatory for all employees, unless exempted, per the Biden administration’s federal contractor vaccine mandate.

Since Rice University accepts federal contracts, they must meet the January 4 deadline of having all full-time and part-time employees, including hourly student workers, vaccinated.

Despite Gov. Greg Abbott’s executive order prohibiting employers from mandating vaccinations, many employers in Texas are choosing to follow the directives of the Biden administration, including Union Pacific, Texas A&M, University of Texas, and the Tarrant County Hospital District.