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By Elizabeth Hovde
Health Care and Worker Rights at the Washington Policy Center 

Emergency ends, but many remain fired


November 10, 2022

Don’t forget that even as Washington state Gov. Jay Inslee’s state of emergency ends after 975 days, there are still many people who were separated from their jobs because of a COVID-19 vaccine mandate the governor put into place. And that was done without a legislative body weighing in and offering information or debate.

Families and individuals suffered, as did state services that ranged from ferry cancellations to increased stress on emergency responders. And even though Inslee says lives were saved because of his actions, state comparison and common sense show that a COVID-19 vacci...

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