Immunization deadline Monday for state employees in Washington, Oregon
PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) – Monday is the deadline for all state employees in Washington to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, unless they have a religious or medical exemption.
In Oregon, some state employees are also subject to this same time limit. KOIN 6 News takes a closer look at what should happen on Monday at this vaccination deadline.
Washington Gov. Jay Inslee spoke about the vaccine deadline a few days ago. Around this time, Inslee said he didn’t believe government departments would see a big impact of people leaving.
He added that more than 90% of state employees in Washington were already vaccinated by the weekend.
“We have been successful in this effort because in Washington we have state employees who are engaged in public service, trying to prevent rising infection rates, (and) who care about the people who are in the public service. ‘they serve as well as themselves and their families, ”Inslee said.
Inslee said the total number of fully vaccinated state employees would rise even further on Monday, as officials believe a number of employees who were vaccinated still had not surrendered their status until the weekend. .
“We will continue to perform very well in part because of the dedication of our state employees,” Inslee said. “There may be operational changes in some agencies, but they have provided a way to do it. “
However, Inslee said the state could lose employees as a result of the tenure.
“Some people who choose to leave their public employment, we want them to know that we appreciated their service today and we wish them well,” he said.
People can expect more information from Inslee’s office on the number of state employees vaccinated in Washington as of Monday.
In Oregon, thousands of government officials, educators and medical professionals are to be vaccinated against COVID-19 on Monday. If they don’t have an exemption, they could lose their jobs.
A few days ago, Multnomah County officials told KOIN 6 News that about 25 out of 6,000 employees still need to be vaccinated or are refusing to be vaccinated and have no exemptions.
KOIN 6 News reached out to Oregon State Police, the Oregon Health Authority and area hospitals for comment on the deadline, but received no response on Sunday.
Inslee said Washington workers who decide to get vaccinated after the deadline will be welcome at their jobs if they haven’t been filled.