Healthcare Workers Statewide Face Vaccination Requirement For Employment


In a state­ment to KXRO, the Washington State Nurses Associ­a­tion, SEIU Health­care 1199NW, and UFCW 21, which cover both Harbor Regional Health and Summit Pacific Medical Center workers, stated:

As unions repre­senting nurses and health care workers in Washington state, the Washington State Nurses Associ­a­tion, SEIU Health­care 1199NW and UFCW21 support science-based public health direc­tives on COVID-19 vacci­na­tion require­ments for front­line health care workers, with medical and religious exemp­tions. We stand firmly behind vacci­na­tion as the best way to save the lives of patients, family members and members of our communities.”

The unions added that At the same time, we fully expect employers to bargain with us over this change to working conditions.”

The require­ment for state workers is in place, 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.

It is the mission of public servants and those providing health care to serve our fellow Washing­to­nians. These workers live in every commu­nity in our state, working together and with the public every day to deliver services,” Inslee said. We have a duty to protect them from the virus, they have the right to be protected, and the commu­ni­ties they serve and live in deserve protec­tion as well.”


KXRO: Healthcare Workers Statewide Face Vaccination Requirement For Employment (8/10/21)