Opinion: Will Governor Inslee implement a stricter vaccine requirement than the federal government

Mark Harmsworth of the Washington Policy Center reports Gov. Jay Inslee may be considering stronger restrictions on small business.

Mark Harmsworth of the Washington Policy Center reports Gov. Jay Inslee may be considering stronger restrictions on small business

Mark Harmsworth
Washington Policy Center

At the Association of Washington Business (AWB) forum last week, the discussion was focused on the recent Federal government mandate for businesses with 100 employees or more to require employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19 or seek a religious or medical exemption. Employers can offer accommodations for those employees exempted from the vaccine requirement.

Mark Harmsworth
Mark Harmsworth

It appears though that Gov. Jay Inslee may be considering stronger restrictions on small business, reducing the 100-employee threshold to 50 and removing the testing option as a way to accommodate employees who are not vaccinated.

Earlier in October, in a Puget Sound Business Journal (PSBJ) article, Julia Gorton, director for the Washington Hospitality Association, was quoted as saying “Members should be prepared for our state to strip out the testing option and have a strict vaccine requirement. I think we’ll also probably see them drop the employee threshold down from 100. It’ll probably be closer to 50.”

Particularly troublesome is the removal of a testing option which will cause undue hardship on many employees who cannot receive the vaccine. Small business will be forced to lay off critical employees, forced by the state mandate, and will not be able to replace them easily.

The criteria used for social distancing and other safety requirements should be applied consistently across business sectors. A light regulatory hand from the state and county government is needed and, in many circumstances, simple guidelines, not restrictive regulations will be the only requirement needed to ensure a safe and healthy restart of the economy.

Businesses should not be required to enforce controversial state or county mandates.

Washington business owners are quite capable of understanding what is needed to keep both employees and customers safe in the COVID future. A business should be allowed to operate under common sense health and safety standards without government interference.

Mark Harmsworth is the director of the Small Business Center at the Washington Policy Center.


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    Rhonda Gibson

    These mandates are so unfair and unconstitutional. They discriminate against people who are unable to get vaccinated and those who have had coronavirus. I hope lawsuits get started against the governor. Just like the president he is overstepping and abusing his office.

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    Under what authority does Gov. Inslee mandate potentially seriously harmful, even lethal injections for employees of the state or private businesses? Too many vaccine injured workers have been debilitated, unable to work, or died after fast tracked Covid vaccinations.

    VAERS COVID Vaccine Data Show Surge in Reports of Serious Injuries, as 5-Year-Olds Start Getting Shots
    875,653 reports of adverse health events following COVID vaccines have been reported to the CDC Vaccine Adverse Events Reporting System, including 18,461 deaths and 135,400 serious injuries between Dec. 14, 2020, and Nov. 5, 2021…

    10,857 reports of blood clotting disorders,

    a 17-year-old female from Washington (VAERS ID 1828901) reportedly died Oct. 29 from a heart condition after receiving her second dose of Pfizer. According to the VAERS report, the girl had COVID in August and fully recovered. She received her first dose of Pfizer on Sept. 3 and her second dose on Sept 15.On Oct. 23, she presented to the ER with chest pain and elevated troponin. She had an abnormal echocardiogram, abnormal EKG and became increasingly tachycardic. She then suffered cardiac arrest.
    “Unfortunately she was not able to be resuscitated and died,” the report states. “Cause of death possible acute myocarditis.”
    WA State: 34-year old male developed Anaphylactic reaction after Pfizer vaccination on June 15, 2021.
    He suffered cardiac arrest on June 23rd, 8 days after his vaccine, then died on June 25, 2021.Forensic Pathologist after full autopsy determined patient was a healthy adult with no heart disease, no liver disease, and no pneumonia. Coroner determined after toxicology report that covid 19 vaccine was the only contributing factor. Everything else was ruled out. VAERS ID: 1578593

    (Not all medical systems, healthcare providers or hospitals report all adverse health events or deaths to VAERS. Pharmacies do not appear to be reporting to VAERS)

    See article Safety Signals for COVID Vaccines Are Loud and Clear. Why Is Nobody Listening?
    WA state Health policy and law does recognize natural immunity already — SO WHY are employers and the state not exempting all those with natural immunity from all Covid shot mandates? See the titer box on the Certificate of Immunization form for daycare and school requirements in WA that allows lab test proof of immunity instead of vaccination for students.

    Those with natural immunity don’t require regular testing, or fast tracked biologic products.
    92 studies show superiority of natural immunity to COVID vaccines.

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    Its as if clown shoes inslee deliberately wants to stifle businesses. I imagine this guy isn’t just a clown on paper though. He looks an insufferable communist who would probably leave you aghast after having a conversation with him.

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    Inslee needs to be stopped… by any means possible. Otherwise, we have effectively given away the entire principle of “legislative government.” WTH are our elected representatives doing, other than suckin’ money from the government teat? They sure aren’t “legislating.”


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