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

12:35  23 october  2021
12:35  23 october  2021 Source:   usatoday.com

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“Other states are requiring vaccinations , but none of them have taken it to the level of mass terminations. When one person makes all the decisions, there can be no question who is at fault.” Inslee said that the mandate is necessary to stop the pandemic and that the government is proud of Rolovich, 42, was fired after less than two years with Washington State after refusing to meet the state 's COVID -19 vaccine mandate. Rolovich and other state employees all faced a deadline Monday, Oct. 18 to save their jobs — either be fully vaccinated or obtain approval for an exemption Rolovich

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As of Wednesday, 1,887 Washington state employees have been terminated or left their positions after Gov. Jay Inslee’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate took effect.

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

The majority of workers required to get a COVID-19 vaccine did. As of Tuesday, 92% of state workers were fully vaccinated, according to OFM data.

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According to the data, 2,887 people are "pending action," meaning they may be planning to get vaccinated, are in the process of getting approval for working without being vaccinated, or are about to retire. Employees who have received an accommodation to work without being vaccinated total 1,927.

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Some 127 Washington State Patrol employees, more than half of them officers, were terminated after a vaccination deadline passed this week, with the force now bracing for staff shortages in critical areas and major costs. Seventy-four commissioned officers – including 67 troopers, six Some employees fired over the vaccine requirement successfully received exemptions from the order, but this did not prevent them from being terminated. Loftis said that over 400 people were granted such exemptions, but not all of them were offered alternative employment due to the nature of the agency’s work .

The Washington State Capitol Building is located in Olympia. The building opened in 1928 and houses the state government. © Elaine Thompson, AP The Washington State Capitol Building is located in Olympia. The building opened in 1928 and houses the state government.

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

Now, starting Nov. 15, large events will require all attendees to either be fully vaccinated or a present a negative coronavirus test.

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“In most areas of the United States , if you are fired for breaking a company policy, you are not eligible for unemployment benefits and payments,” the report claims. Comparing Wuhan Flu shot mandates to a company dress code, Harrington says that refusing to roll up one ’s sleeve is a form of That’s insubordination,” Harrington alleges. Fired for not getting a covid vaccine ? SUE! This is , of course, just Harrington’s opinion and an expression of his obvious bias in favor of Chinese Virus injections. For every Harrington that exists out there, chances are there are at least two or three non-Harringtons

Nearly 1 ,900 Washington state workers were fired or quit over the state ’s COVID -19 vaccine mandate, officials said Tuesday. Before the mandate led to resignations and terminations, the state had approximately 63,291 workers . About 3 percent, or 1 ,887, left their jobs or were fired as of Oct. The remaining 4.6 percent are in the process of retiring or being fired or are seeking an accommodation but have not received it yet. “The high number of state employees who have gotten vaccinated is good news. Good for the workers , their colleagues and the people they serve.

“These workers live in every community in our state, working together and with the public every day to deliver services,” Inslee said in a statement. “We have a duty to protect them from the virus, they have the right to be protected, and the communities they serve and live in deserve protection as well.”

The vaccine mandate has been criticized by conservative political leaders, such as Republican state Sens. Jeff Wilson and Doug Ericksen.

Ericksen called Islee's mandate a "failure of leadership in this state," and Wilson criticized the consequent "mass terminations."

“I don’t think any of us realized it would come to this, and I think many in the state Legislature are having second thoughts today," Wilson said in a statement. “Other states are requiring vaccinations, but none of them have taken it to the level of mass terminations. When one person makes all the decisions, there can be no question who is at fault.”

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A top US college football coach has been fired for refusing to be vaccinated against Covid -19. Washington State University (WSU) sacked Nick Rolovich, its highest-paid employee, and four of his assistants, for failing to meet a vaccine mandate. The mandate means all state workers in Mr Rolovich's sacking marks the culmination of a three-month showdown between the coach and Washington 's Democratic Governor Jay Inslee. In August, Gov Inslee announced that all state employees and healthcare workers would need two doses of a Covid -19 vaccine to keep their jobs.

Workers are quitting at high rates in every industry, but the trend has been especially pronounced “ Covid -19 placed systemic problems in sharp relief. Workers were expected to show up every day and risk More than 1 , 800 Washington state workers quit or were fired after refusing COVID vaccine .

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

“Getting vaccinated against COVID is a public good. We have come so close to defeating this deadly disease,” Inslee said at the news conference. “We have the tool – the vaccine — to get this era behind us. It is safe, it is effective, and you will never regret getting it.”

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This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: More than 1,800 Washington state workers quit or were fired after refusing COVID vaccine

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