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Nearly 1,900 Washington state employees have either quit their jobs or been fired for failing to comply with Gov. Jay InsleeJay Robert InsleeNick Rolovich fired as football coach at Washington State after refusing vaccine under state mandate Washington state ferry system scaling back services amid staffing shortages Newsom signs bill requiring California public schools to provide menstrual products MORE’s (D) coronavirus vaccine mandate.

 

In a statement, the state’s Office of Financial Management said that over 63,000 employees, are in compliance with the mandate as of Tuesday afternoon, which is 92 percent of employees.

Of this, 89.4 percent of employees have verified that they are vaccinated, and 3 percent have an accommodation.

A separate 3 percent of employees, 1,887, have left their jobs or were terminated as part of the mandate.

The remaining 4.6 percent of employees, are either in the process of being vaccinated, pending retirement, or are pending an accommodation or separation.

Tara Lee, a spokesperson for Inslee, told The Seattle Times that the number of employees who are vaccinated is “good for the workers, their colleagues and the people they serve.”

“While we are sorry to see that 3% go and we wish them well, we are pleased that it is not higher,” Lee told the newspaper. 

The Hill has reached out to Inslee’s office for comment. 

Inslee ordered most state employees and healthcare workers in August to be vaccinated by Oct. 18, unless they have a medical or religious reason.  Those who did not have a valid exemption would face “nondisciplinary dismissal.”

The mandate was stricter than what other governors enacted, as there is no option for employees to be tested weekly in lieu of getting vaccinated.

Earlier this month, the state’s Department of Licensing, Department of Labor & Industries and Department of Corrections all reported sending out separation notices to employees who had not yet verified that they were vaccinated.

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