State Govt. Workers Will be Forced to Vaccinate, Goes Into Effect in Oct.
The way it's being done is clever, some say sinister.
1 PM Monday Aug 9, King County, Seattle and other officials including Gov. Inslee plan a press conference to announce that all King County, Seattle, and WA state government workers will be required to get a COVID vaccine.
According to confirmed reports by KTTH Radio's Jason Rantz, the mandate will go into effect in October. According to his reports, it's being delayed til that time because state officials believe the FDA will formally approve the three main vaccines before then.
As of right now, technically, all of the vaccines are still under EUA or emergency use authorization by the FDA. None of them have been officially approved.
Federal laws prohibit any person in the U.S. to be required to participate in what's considered an experimental medical procedure without their consent, and opponents say the EUA status qualifies as experimental.
There are a number of doctors who say all the trials, testing, etc. has been done, and the only reason EUA is still in play is that the 'red tape' has not caught up with the progress of the vaccines. They say it's a technicality. But as of today, the vaccines are still considered experimental.
Gov. Inslee had previously said he would not mandate the vaccine, but is now reversing course. It appears he is doing so after Attorney General Bob Ferguson was part of a memo/draft about requiring all AG workers to be vaccinated.
Critics say Inslee is caving, others support the idea. It is expected there will be significant pushback from the labor unions representing state workers. They're concerned how the potential side effects of the vaccines will be handled.
One reason many companies have not chosen to mandate is because once they do so, they become responsible for any and all side effects and other negative health conditions that might result from forcing their workers to bypass what is supposed to be a personal choice issue.
The plan will reportedly have allowances for workers who may object to the vaccine for personal religious reasons, or have medical conditions that would prevent them from getting one.
UPDATE---this is part of his statement from the press conference Monday, August 9:
"State employees and workers in private health care and long-term care settings will have until October 18 to be fully vaccinated.
The requirement applies to state workers, regardless of teleworking status. This applies to executive cabinet agencies, but the governor encouraged all others such as higher education, local governments, the legislative branch, other statewide elected officials and organizations in the private sector to do the same."
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