CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Nevada’s Board of Regents voted 9-4 on Friday to direct Chancellor Melody Rose to send a letter to state lawmakers, health officials and Gov. Steve Sisolak in support of imposing a vaccine mandate on students enrolled in public colleges and universities in Nevada.
The letter, although non-binding, signals that battles over coronavirus measures are likely to continue for the more than 100,000 students at public colleges and universities throughout the state.
It asks lawmakers and officials to reconsider a mandate on students to ensure education at its campuses isn’t interrupted.
“As the COVID-19 virus produces new and unknown variants and a significant percentage of our student population remains unvaccinated against the virus, the Board of Regents finds itself at a critical inflection point in our COVID-19 response.
The Board of Regents must address the realities of the ever-changing COVID-19 environment and its impacts on the health and safety of our campus populations,” Chancellor Melody Rose wrote in the letter.
University of Nevada, Reno and University of Nevada, Las Vegas presidents Brian Sandoval and Keith Whitfield spoke in support of the letter and told regents more than 90% of students at their campuses were vaccinated. SOURCE.
COVID-19 vaccine mandate begins in Boston
By Laura Crimaldi and Andrew Brinker Globe Staff and Globe Correspondent, January 15, 2022
BOSTON GLOBE – As the city’s new COVID-19 vaccine mandate took effect Saturday, some 500 protesters marched through the Fenway to show their opposition to the policy, and Mayor Michelle Wu spoke out about how early morning demonstrations at her Roslindale home have impacted her neighbors and family.
During a news conference at Whittier Street Health Center, Wu said she is accustomed to public criticism but said the disruptions are unfair to her neighbors, including a 96-year-old veteran who lives next to her and families with young children.
The protests, she said, are a byproduct of widespread misinformation that the city seeks to neutralize with its vaccine mandates …