Increasing numbers of Washington State workers facing vaccination ultimatum

Aug 12, 2021
Written by wpengine

With each day’s news cycle, we are learning of increasing numbers of workers in Washington State who are facing an ultimatum: get the shot or lose their job.

On Monday of this week, Gov. Jay Inslee today issued an emergency proclamation mandating that most state executive branch employees and on-site contractors and volunteers, along with public and private health care and long-term care workers, must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by October 18. Inslee stated they would need to receive the final dose of their vaccination no later than October 4 to be fully vaccinated two weeks later and comply with the proclamation.

Exemptions from the vaccine requirement are allowed for individuals entitled to a disability-related reasonable accommodation or a sincerely held religious belief accommodation as defined by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).

In recent weeks, major corporations have announced requirements for their employees to get vaccinated, including Delta Airlines, Disney, DoorDash, Facebook, Ford, and Google. Microsoft and others will require the vaccine not just by its employees but its vendors and guests as well, starting in September. While some companies will require vaccination as a condition of employment for all new hires, others will give an exception if the employee works remotely.

In a statement this week, the Pentagon laid out a plan for all members of the U.S. military to get the vaccine by mid-September—earlier if the vaccine receives FDA approval or infection rates rise.