Gov. Inslee rescinds COVID-19 vaccine mandate for state employees

More than 1,800 state employees were initially fired or voluntarily left their jobs for failing to comply with Inslee’s vaccine mandate.
Gov. Jay Inslee

More than 1,800 state employees were initially fired or voluntarily left their jobs for failing to comply with Inslee’s vaccine mandate

Brett Davis
The Center Square Washington

On Wednesday morning, Gov. Jay Inslee announced he is ending the requirement that Washington state employees be vaccinated against COVID-19.

“For more than three years, we have all faced incredible challenges as the COVID-19 pandemic impacted every aspect of our lives,” the governor said in a news release. “Throughout this public health crisis, our state employee family demonstrated inspiring resilience and dedication, and I thank our employees for their exemplary service under unprecedented circumstances. We have risen to the occasion during a defining moment in our history, and the measures we took helped us to achieve one of the lowest death rates in the nation.”

Inslee’s announcement follows the end of the U.S. national emergency response to the pandemic last month with President Joe Biden signing a bipartisan congressional resolution bringing it to close. Vaccine requirements for federal employees and contractors are set to end Thursday.

In August 2021, Inslee issued an executive order mandating that all state workers, as well as K-12 and public university employees, be fully vaccinated by Oct. 18 or face termination.

More than 1,800 state employees were initially fired or voluntarily left their jobs for failing to comply with Inslee’s vaccine mandate.

This report was first published by The Center Square Washington.

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  1. Melissa

    He had to. As of this week the Washington State Dept of Health is no longer recommending the primary vaccine series. That is the one in Gov. Inslee’s mandate. So he either had to get rid of the mandate or update it to require the bivalent booster instead. He couldn’t do the latter, because he couldn’t even get the unions to agree to the monovalent booster last year, and the bivalent booster much less popular.

  2. Mike Harris

    What a miserable excuse of a human being. All those people should get their job back with backpay. People lost their jobs just because Inslee was a power hungry dictator.

  3. Sylvia

    Here’s a perfect explanation of the scientific facts about mRNA gene therapy. Easy to understand and, Governor Inslee does not need a medical degree or a science degree. It may help the governor appreciate why so many refuse the gene jabs! It may also encourage him to stop and think before making future decisions that clearly prove to be erroneous.

    “Prof Dr Sucharit Bhakdi’s and Dr Mike Palmer’s Warning to the World”:

    Happy reading, Governor.

  4. Sylvia

    Further to my previous post :

    “Dr. Sucharit Bhakdi is Professor Emeritus of Medical Microbiology and Immunology, Former Chair, Institute of Medical Microbiology and Hygiene, Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz. He has been telling the truth about COVID-19 and the mRNA vaccines since the very beginning of the so-called “COVID-19 Pandemic.” As a result, in order to silence him, he has been vindictively accused of two unfounded charges in connection with two public statements he made in April and September of 2021. He is now facing a hearing at the lower court in Plön, Germany.

    Read the timeline of Dr. Bhakdi’s legal case.

    Dr. Bhakdi urgently needs your support.
    Dr. Bhakdi has played a leading role in shaping and communicating the Doctors for COVID Ethics message. Doctors for COVID ethics have informed and will continue to inform the general public about COVID-19 and vaccination based on conscientious science. We support the right of Dr. Bhakdi’s freedom of speech, share his concerns, and stand with him.

    Information on Prof. Sucharit Bhakdi, MD;

    Thank you for reading, and please share this information.”

    This is but one example of what has been done to anyone who stands up for the truth.


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