Many states across the country have been mandated that their public servants get the COVID-19 vaccination. Governor Jay Inslee in Washington has mandated that it include law enforcement.
No Religious Exemptions
According to his office, any officer who does not get the shot will be fired. Any Washington State Patrol employees who want to keep their job have until Oct. 18th.
To make matters more difficult, many WSP employees found emails in their inboxes telling them that there will be "no accommodation" for the employees who have "religious exemption requests."
Human resources has consulted with the state's attorney legal team, addressing the order from Inslee. However, those who have already submitted requests are expecting them to be denied.
"I wish I had better news on this as I know many of us have been waiting to hear back regarding accommodation requests," a high-ranking member of the WSP said in the email, according to KTTH. "I know this is hard news to hear for many of us. I wanted to share this with you directly as soon as I found out instead of waiting for the daily bulletin to come out."