Washington State FIRES almost 1,900 employees over COVID-19 vaccine mandate

The state of Washington is losing more than 1800 state employees over the decision by Gov. Jay Inslee’s (D) to uphold the coronavirus vaccine mandate.

According to a report in The Hill, the state’s governor has shown no signs of backing away from the mandate, despite the Office of Financial Management’s report that almost 10 percent of their employees take exception to the order.

statement from the OFM indicated that more than 63,000 employees had complied with the mandate as of Tuesday afternoon, accounting for around 92 percent of state employees. 

Of that, a little less than 90 percent had verified their vaccination and another three percent received an accommodation to not receive the vaccination. 

An additional three percent, which is about 1,887 employees, have left their jobs or were wilfully terminated, as a result of non-compliance with the mandate. 

The last four and a half percent were either working to comply with the mandate or were pending retirement or some other excuse not to receive the shot. 

“The high number of state employees who have gotten vaccinated is good news. Good for the workers, their colleagues and the people they serve,” Inslee’s press secretary, Mike Faulk, told The Hill in a statement.

“While we are sorry to see that 3 percent go and we wish them well, we are pleased that it is not higher.

“Some have the option to return if they are fully vaccinated within the next month. Washington State government is a great place to work and these positions will be filled,” Faulk said.