Washington State Rolls Out Vaccine Mandate for Government and Health Care Workers

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee announced on Monday a COVID-19 vaccine mandate for most government and health care workers, as well as hundreds of thousands of private health care and long-term care employees. Those whom the mandate applies to will be required to show proof of vaccination against COVID-19, the disease caused by the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus, by Oct. 18 as a condition of employment. Unlike other state leaders who have rolled out similar mandates, Inslee has not made regular testing an option for those who do not want to be vaccinated. The only way to opt out of the mandate is with a medical or religious exemption. At a press briefing on Monday, the Democratic governor cited a surge in cases and hospitalizations in the state linked to the highly infectious Delta COVID-19 variant. “We have what is essentially a new virus at our throats,” he said. “The …Read More

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