A letter signed by more than 2,000 faculty, staff and students and a resolution adopted by the University Senate this week asked University of Kentucky President Eli Capilouto to issue a vaccine mandate for the campus community.
The resolution cited the full approval by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration of the Pfizer vaccine, other universities’ mandates and the delta variant surge as reasons Capilouto should consider a mandate. Other Kentucky institutions, including Simmons, Berea and Bellarmine, are requiring vaccines.
At the beginning of Monday’s senate meeting, before the resolution was brought up, Capilouto said he knows some community members want a mandate and, he said: “I want you to know, I deeply respect that request.”
“And,” he added, “I want to encourage continued dialogue and debate, because we all want the