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Protest against compulsory vaccination for employees at NMSU planned

LAS CRUCES – In response to the December deadline for the COVID-19 vaccination of all New Mexico State University staff, students and staff will hold a peaceful demonstration Tuesday.

On October 27, the university announced that all NMSU employees must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by December 8 in order to meet the new federal requirements. This also applies to employees in the bachelor’s and master’s degree programs.

Students who are not employees of the university still have the option to be tested for COVID-19 on a weekly basis if they decide not to have a vaccination. Employees can apply for a medical or religious immunization waiver by contacting the NMSU Office of Institutional Equity.

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Of the 7,561 employees of the NMSU, around 85 percent have submitted proof of vaccination.

A press release from the New Mexico Freedoms Alliance states that the mandate “violates the basic right to physical autonomy and prevents informed consent”.

“We have many administrators, administrative assistants, faculty, professors and students demanding the right to vote,” said Karen Montoya, an administrative assistant on the NMSU main campus quoted in the press release. “Coercion is not a choice. Our individual rights are indisputable and the NMSU will lose many talented, reliable, and important people if it continues down this path.”

The demonstration will take place on Tuesday, November 9th, from 1pm to 3pm at the sundial of the NMSU Horseshoe.

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