Opinion: New study about COVID-19 should put another nail in the coffin for state’s vaccine mandate

Elizabeth Hovde of the Washington Policy Center would like the governor to remove his employment mandate on his own; if not, lawmakers need to find a way to intervene.

Elizabeth Hovde of the Washington Policy Center would like the governor to remove his employment mandate on his own; if not, lawmakers need to find a way to intervene

Elizabeth Hovde
Washington Policy Center

A new study published Thursday in The Lancet finds that the immunity generated from a COVID-19 infection was found to be “at least as high, if not higher” than that provided by two doses of an mRNA vaccine, study authors write. 

Elizabeth Hovde
Elizabeth Hovde

The finding should be giving Washington state Gov. Jay Inslee and the state’s Legislature a headache. The governor-imposed vaccine mandate on state employees has been outdated and misguided since it began terminating workers in October of 2021. It smells worse every day.

NBC News highlighted the study, writing that immunity acquired from a COVID-19 infection “provides strong, lasting protection against the most severe outcomes of the illness, according to research  — protection, experts say, that’s on par with what’s provided through two doses of an mRNA vaccine.” It quotes senior study author, Dr. Christopher Murray, the director of the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington, saying, “This is really good news, in the sense that protection against severe disease and death after infection is really quite sustained at 10 months.”

The governor’s vaccine mandate for state workers does not recognize the value of natural immunity. It has never been patient-centric policy.

It’s time for the state to stop punishing the unvaccinated. A vaccinated state worker who is still employed by the state can contract and spread and get sick from COVID-19, while an unvaccinated worker might not. Instead of following the science, a permanent vaccine mandate now exists for some state employees and potential new hires, and the governor continues to reiterate his commitment to the harmful policy — harmful to individuals, the state workforce and taxpayer-funded and -expected services.

Bills to end the problematic mandate or rehire employees who lost their careers because of it are being ignored by legislative leaders. Today was the last day for bills to be heard in committees and move on. 

Let’s hope the governor removes his employment mandate on his own. If not, lawmakers need to find a way to intervene. Labor unions that negotiated booster bribes with the governor should also step up and represent their former employees and potential new workers.

Elizabeth Hovde is a policy analyst and the director of the Centers for Health Care and Worker Rights at the Washington Policy Center. She is a Clark County resident.

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  1. Margaret

    Bill Gates — After Reaping Huge Profits Selling BioNTech Shares — Trashes Effectiveness of COVID Vaccines
    Speaking at Australia’s Lowy Institute as part of a talk entitled “Preparing for Global Challenges: In Conversation with Bill Gates,” the Microsoft founder made the following admission:
    “We also need to fix the three problems of [COVID-19] vaccines. The current vaccines are not infection-blocking. They’re not broad, so when new variants come up you lose protection, and they have very short duration…”

  2. David Roberts

    Good article and absolutely agree. Additionally the practice of medical personnel continually asking patients for their Vax Status needs to stop. It is very apparent that this information can and will be used against the same persons at some point in the future. People need to realize how much harm can be dealt by the existence of such a list.

  3. MetaWorld2

    It is really getting stupid out there now. ANYTHING having to do with COVID and all the lies and deception attached to it should be TOTALLY Sunsetted!

    The gig is up! There are $Millions in lawsuits happening now, for the lies, deaths, and injuries. ProsecuteNow.oi Just because MSM is complacent when it comes to ‘truth-telling’ does not mean those responsible will not be brought to Justice.

    It is derelect now that there are 3 remaining TV Commercial Ads STILL advertising for people to go get their booster shots! How much longer will it take for people to wake up.

  4. Sylvia

    Enlightening discussion between two ethical health practitioners.
    Dr Pierre Kory worked for many years in intensive care, then resigned for ethical reasons. He was an expert witness in a session chaired by Sen Ron Johnson. His knowledge is impressive, as are his humility and compassion.

    Medical Establishment Reality Check with Pierre Kory MD, MPA


    The only way to overcome propaganda is to defeat it with critical thinking and the truth.
    For far too long ‘Sick Care’ has been disguised as ‘health care’.
    It is wrong, it is egregious, it is evil, and a crime against humanity.
    Best to understand the real facts, the truth, in order to be prepared – just in case!

    1. Wolfie

      Gov’s press conference from Thursday he confirmed two things.. keeping his mandate because ‘it is safe and effective’ and he is going to keep fighting back on his desire to make abortion a constitutional amendment.

      1. Sylvia

        “Safe and Effective” has become firmly embedded in some people’s psyche. Mass formation psychosis?
        Hard to believe that they really don’t know it is nothing but propaganda.
        The abortion issue will always be contentious. Since a fetus is 100% dependent on the pregnant individual, the question remains whether it has the same rights pre-and post-birth. What about the rights of the childbearing woman? What about cases of incest and/or rape?
        The safest option is not to have unwanted pregnancies, which is within a person’s control except in assault cases. It is a hard one.
        We do have a Bill of Rights in US.

        The turning tide against C19 false narratives has even reached the shores of Australia, which is one of the most obedient C19 adherents boasting of superhigh jab rates. But public compliance is waning. See below – interesting that Dr Pierre Kory, Dr Peter McCullough, and other overseas ‘anti-jabbers’ were invited to present:


        Things are moving in what is hopefully the right direction for humanity’s wellness.

  5. Sylvia

    Factual Medicare data, deliberately covered up by Biden, Fauci, FDA, CDC, and their cohorts.

    GAME OVER: Medicare data shows the COVID vaccines increase your chance of dying


    Thanks to Steve Kirsch for sharing pertinent information.

    Steve Kirsch has shown the world that wealthy individuals can be ethical, compassionate, and genuinely caring.
    Unlike a certain person who we all know is masquerading behind a facade of philanthropy to cover up his addiction for greed and population control!

  6. Sylvia

    As C19 events unfold, the public is now more aware of the lies and cover-ups.
    The longterm backlash of the gene jab mandates and their adverse effects, the lockdowns, the masks, are unknown – they will haunt many for a very long time.

    Courts Follow Culture — and the Culture Is Shifting
    “Courts follow culture, and the good news is that culture is shifting, and the truth is coming out. The crumbling COVID-19 narrative and the trendline favor us, not the tyrants.”


    Coercive controls and mandates, the result of fear tactics used to cower people into abject submissiveness,
    have resulted in damage of an unprecedentd scale to all aspects of humanity, and cannot be repaired.

    Groundbreaking Analysis: COVID Vaccines Caused 300,000 Excess Deaths, $147 Billion in Damage to Economy in 2022 Alone“http://support.childrenshealthdefense.org/site/R?i=LDre6dcPEjZ7ttPJkJTXivPDIxQlHrvbfxUCVIHYkmbMEQzsZFXLXw

    We must never forget that no amount of wealth can buy wellness. Health is not for sale!
    Most importantly; it is our body, our health, our responsibility.


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