Resolution on COVID-19 Vaccination

Resolution on COVID-19 Vaccination


WHEREAS, the COVID-19 pandemic has presented the world with unprecedented health challenges that affect every element of life; and

WHEREAS, COVID-19 variants, such as the highly transmissible and dangerous delta variant, pose a substantial risk to unvaccinated populations, and mutations of these variants pose a risk to all, changing the circumstances of this public health crisis; and

WHEREAS, vaccines are a critical tool for controlling the spread of communicable disease in society, as we have seen from diseases like measles, polio and smallpox; and

WHEREAS, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved at least one vaccine candidate proven during clinical trials to provide significant protection from COVID-19 infections — a critical step in confirming the safety and efficacy of current vaccines, with more approvals likely imminent; and

WHEREAS, the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention has recommended the COVID-19 vaccine for everyone ages 12 and older (with younger age groups in the near future) within the scope of the Emergency Use Authorization and/or FDA approval for the particular vaccine; and

WHEREAS, ongoing vaccine misinformation campaigns have created troubling resistance to vaccination that has led to more than 40 percent of Americans remaining unvaccinated, and thereby an intense surge in cases, hospitalizations and deaths in many communities across the country:

BE IT RESOLVED, that University Professional and Technical Employees (UPTE) will work to ensure that our employers ensure safe workplaces, adopt evidence-based vaccination policies, and continue layered mitigation strategies (such as masking, physical distancing, remote work, contact tracing, and other mitigation strategies); and

RESOLVED, that UPTE will meet with employers prior to their imposition of workplace vaccination policies to bargain the effects of said policies (including corrective action/discipline), in order to get more people vaccinated in a just and expeditious way including creating accommodations (such as regular testing and/or masking) for those who have not yet received or cannot receive a vaccine; and

RESOLVED, that UPTE will continue our own efforts to address lack of access and misinformation as we continue to support vaccination among our members, the students and patients we serve, and our communities.

Adopted by UPTE Systemwide Executive Board 09/18/2021