Fallout from state vaccine mandate deadline could be severe
From short-staffed fire departments to canceled school bus routes – the fallout from Governor Jay Inslee’s vaccine mandate will be widespread. FOX 13’s Brandi Kruse gives us a glimpse into what life might look like starting Tuesday.
The deadline to get fully vaccinated is Monday, Oct. 18, and to meet this deadline, state workers would have had to get their final vaccine dose on Oct. 4. Just a week ago, the state announced nearly 90% of its workforce had been vaccinated.
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Governor Inslee’s mandate applies to most state workers, long-term care center employees, and teachers and staff at state’s schools, colleges and universities. Medical and religious exemptions are available, but will require some other accommodation; for instance, a healthcare worker doing telemedicine instead of in-person visits.
Inslee said the state has prepared contingency plans for possible staffing disruptions after the Monday deadline, but said vaccination rates in the state “should settle any concerns.”
“There will not be massive disruptions in state services,” he wrote.
As it stands, 71.4% of Washingtonians are fully vaccinated, according to the State Department of Health.
There have been more than 606,000 confirmed COVID-19 cases — plus about 77,000 “probable” cases — in Washington state, and 8,064 deaths.
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