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Inslee repeals COVID-19 vaccination requirements for state employees!

Gov. Jay Inslee speaks April 25, before signing into law a bill banning assault weapons. Washington state became the 10th state in the U.S. to ban such weapons. The ban was part of a sweeping package of proposals aimed at reducing gun violence. An emergency clause in the assault weapons bill made the law effective immediately. Credit: Shauna Sowersby: McClatchy Newspapers.

Gov. Inslee repeals vaccine mandate for state employees

Wednesday’s announcement aligns with the end of the federal public health emergency.

Excerpt from KING-5 TV News, Seattle:

Gov. Jay Inslee announced Wednesday that he is repealing the COVID-19 vaccination requirements for state employees.

The announcement aligns with the end of vaccination requirements for federal employees and the end of the federal public health emergency. Last week, the World Health Organization announced the end of the global health emergency. Washington state ended its COVID-19 emergency order on Oct. 31, 2022.


On August 5, 2022, Inslee issued Directive 22-13.1, creating what he called a “permanent” condition of employment.

Directive 22-13.1 required new, current, and classified and management services employees, to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Exceptions were made for disability-related requests and sincere religious beliefs.

“Widespread vaccination is also the primary means we have as a state to protect our health care system,” Inslee wrote in the directive.

Wednesday’s announcement revokes Directive 22-13.1, aligning the state with national policy. 

Posted by Steve on May 10, 2023 at 1:14 pm | Permalink

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