(Natural News) Washington (state) is now rolling out what may be the strictest school vaccine mandate in the United States. The new measure requires all teachers and school staff to be fully vaccinated against the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) by Oct. 18 as a condition for employment.
Democratic Gov. Jay Inslee announced the measure during a press briefing on Wednesday, Aug. 18. As part of it, he cited health concerns over variants of the COVID-19 virus.
“I’m convinced we are at this point in this pandemic that without these vaccine requirements we will continue to be susceptible to new variants,” Inslee said when he announced the mandate.
Washington’s mandate is wide-ranging. It applies not just to teachers but to anyone working in a school environment. This includes bus drivers, coaches and volunteers. Employees who don’t comply could be subject to dismissal.
Inslee explained that the order would likely affect about 118,000 workers in early-learning and child care programs, as well as around 90,000 employees in higher education institutions.
Students and tribal schools are exempt from the vaccine mandate. (Related: Indiana University students file a lawsuit over COVID-19 vaccine mandate.)
Unlike similar mandates rolled out in other states, Washington does not allow for regular testing as an option for those who do not want to be vaccinated. The only way to opt-out is with a religious or medical exemption.
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