In 2007, Governor Marion Michael Rounds signed a law (SDCL 13-53-47) requiring all public and private post-secondary students to demonstrate immunity to measles, mumps, and rubella. Now our college campi will likely need to require their employees to get covid shots by December 8… assuming they want to keep receiving federal funds:
More than a month after the Biden administration announced it would require federal contractors to be vaccinated against Covid-19, universities across the country are beginning to impose campuswide employee vaccine mandates in response.
Arizona’s three public universities announced on Friday that employees would have to be fully vaccinated by December 8, when the White House order goes into effect. Pennsylvania State University said the same on Tuesday, and the University of Delaware, last week.
“It was pretty clear to us, knowing our university, that we would qualify as a federal contractor,” said Laure Bachich Ergin, general counsel for the University of Delaware.
Between research contracts and cooperative agreements — like a public-private partnership to improve pharmaceutical manufacturing — University of Delaware leaders estimate about $390 million in federal funding is at stake with the new emergency rule. Penn State has estimated it has more than $500 million in qualified funding. The University of Arizona has “hundreds of millions of dollars in federal contracts,” Robert C. Robbins, the president, wrote in a letter shared with The Chronicle, and “already has received amended federal contracts that include this requirement” [Francie Diep and Kate Hidalgo Bellows, “Biden Ordered Federal Contractors to Get Employees Vaccinated. Universities Have Begun to Comply,” Chronicle of Higher Education, 2021.10.15].
South Dakota’s MMR immunity requirement allows students to get out of the shots by demonstrating they’ve already had the diseases. The federal covid vaccine requirement does not give employees that alternative.
In Fiscal Year 2020, South Dakota’s Regental System spent over $67 million [SDBOR 2021 Fact Book, p. 33] in federal contract and grant funding for research and education enhancement.