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Governor orders vaccinations for most state employees with well-defined exemptions


Last updated 8/13/2021 at 12:23pm

Gov. Jay Inslee on Monday, Aug. 9,  announced a requirement for most state workers, on-site contractors, and volunteers to be vaccinated against COVID-19 as a condition of employment. 

State employees, and workers in private health care and long-term care settings, will have until Oct. 18 to be fully vaccinated.

Employees who refuse to be vaccinated will be subject to dismissal from employment for failing to meet legal job qualifications. The state will work with labor organizations on meeting collective bargaining obligations and adhering to civil service rules.

The requirement applies t...

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