Covid19 Vaccination News Links Around Washington State

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Natural Immunity Longer Lasting Than Protection From COVID-19 Vaccines: Dr. Robert Malone – The Epoch Times - Sept. 7, 2021 - Link

The immunity conferred by recovering from COVID-19 is better than the protection afforded by COVID-19 vaccines, a prominent vaccine inventor says, citing in part a recent study from Israel.

Israeli researchers found that people in the country vaccinated with Pfizer’s COVID-19 shot were 13 times more likely to contract the Delta variant of the CCP virus and 27 times more at risk of symptomatic disease, compared to those who had recovered from COVID-19.

Thousands of Washington state workers seek exemptions from COVID-19 vaccine mandate – Seattle Times  - Updated Sep. 15, 2021  - Link

As of Tuesday, more than 4,000 state workers have applied for exemptions to the governor’s vaccine mandate.” 

Even though Gov. Jay Inslee allows for religious or medical exemptions in certain cases, employees can still lose their jobs if their employers have no way to accommodate them to keep the public safe.

The new burdens the ever-evolving Covid-19 situation poses for businesses - The Business Journals - Updated Aug. 26, 2021 - Link

Uncertainty has been an overarching theme for employers during the pandemic. Dr. Neal Mills sees it firsthand. 

“How we go about defining 'fully vaccinated' may change over time, and that impacts your surveillance and your testing protocols in unvaccinated versus vaccinated,” Dr. Neal Mills said.

The waning immunity of Covid-19 vaccines is another wrinkle employers will have to address in the coming months.

OSHA's Covid-19 guidelines for businesses - The Business Journals - Updated Jul 26, 2021  - Link

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s general duty clause is one thing employment law experts say should be top of mind for companies.

The clause requires employers to provide a workplace "free from recognized hazards that are causing or are likely to cause death or serious physical harm." Covid-19 certainly classifies as a hazard.

United States Department of Labor - Occupational Safety and Health Administration 

Protecting Workers: Guidance on Mitigating and Preventing the Spread of COVID-19 in the Workplace - Summary of changes August 13, 2021 - Link

The Roles of Employers and Workers in Responding to COVID-19

Under the OSH Act, employers are responsible for providing a safe and healthy workplace free from recognized hazards likely to cause death or serious physical harm.

As deadline nears for mandatory COVID vaccine shot, some firefighters remain defiant - KOMO News - Sept. 16th, 2021 - Link

 The deadline for compliance with Gov. Jay Inslee's COVID-19 vaccination mandate deadline is fast approaching, but several firefighters are speaking publicly about their plans to defy the mandate even if it means losing their jobs.

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