UPDATE September 21, 2022
The WA State Office of Financial Management (OFM) has filed proposed rules that would mandate COVID-19 vaccination as a condition of employment for state employees, compelled by Governor Inslee’s Directive 22-13.1 in which he stated:
“While COVID-19 appears to be here to stay, recent advances in medicine, including the availability of COVID-19 boosters, vaccines for children 6 months and older, and antivirals are reasons to be hopeful that we will have the tools to protect ourselves and communities to the greatest extent possible.
To address this continuing threat and ensure the health of our workforce, I am directing a permanent COVID-19 vaccination condition of employment requirement for state executive and small cabinet agencies . . .”
Governor Inslee has publicly stated that he will end the state-of-emergency in WA on October 31, but state employees will still be required to be vaccinated. His wording implies he intends to compel all state employers to require COVID shots as a condition of employment.
Please join the OFM’s virtual hearing at 8:30 AM on Tuesday, September 27, 2022 to listen, and better yet, to testify. Here’s how to join the call (see blue Zoom link in “Hearing location” halfway down the first page).
In opposition to this proposed rule-making, we have submitted the following comments:
ICWA Board’s comment to OFM regarding WSR 22-17-122
Joint comment to OFM regarding WSR 22-17-122, submitted by Silent Majority Foundation