More than 1,800 Washington state workers quit or were fired after refusing COVID vaccine

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As of Wednesday, 1,887 Washington state employees have been terminated or left their positions after Gov.

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That equates to about 3% of Washington state’s 63,000 workers who were told they needed to be fully vaccinated by Monday, according to Financial Management Office.

Most of the workers needed to get the COVID-19 vaccine did. As of Tuesday, 92% of state employees were fully vaccinated, according to OFM data.


According to the data, 2,887 people are “pending action,” meaning they are planning to be vaccinated, in the process of getting approval to work without vaccination, or are about to retire. Employees who got housing to work without vaccinations, a total of 1,927.

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Inslee’s vaccination push comes after a fifth wave of COVID-19 hit residents hard, especially in rural areas with low vaccination rates, The Seattle Times informed of. After the fifth wave, Inslee has implemented more mandates, such as requiring state and school workers to be vaccinated.

Now, starting November 15, all attendees at large events will either have to be fully vaccinated or submit a negative coronavirus test.

“These activists live, work together, and work together in every community in our state and with the public every day,” Inslee said in a statement. Statement. “We have a duty to protect them from the virus, they have a right to be protected, and the communities they serve and live in also deserve protection.”

The vaccine mandate has been criticized by conservative political leaders such as Republican State Senses Jeff Wilson and Doug Erickson.

Ericsson called Isley’s mandate a “failure of leadership in this state” and Wilson criticized the resulting “mass termination”.

“I don’t think any of us realized it would come to this, and I think many people in the state legislature are taking second views today,” wilson said in a statement. “Other states require vaccination, but none of them have taken it to the level of mass elimination. When one person makes all the decisions, it cannot be a question of whose fault it is.”

Inslee said the mandate is necessary to contain the pandemic and that the government is proud to have 92% of vaccinated state workers.

“It is a public good to get vaccinated against COVID. We have come so close to defeating this deadly disease. Inslee said at a press conference. “We have the tools — the vaccine — to bring this era behind us. It’s safe, it’s effective, and you’ll never regret getting it.”

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