Even before Gov. Jay Inslee expanded his COVID-19 vaccination order to K-12 and higher education employees on Wednesday, Washington’s vaccine mandate ranked among the most sweeping and strict in the nation.
Most governors who have imposed such mandates have built in wiggle room, allowing public employees and health care workers to undergo regular coronavirus tests if they choose not to get vaccinated.
Inslee’s orders offer no such slack. Employees at state agencies, schools and universities must be fully vaccinated by Oct. 18 or face termination. Inoculations also will be a condition of employment for hundreds of thousands of people working in nursing homes and long-term care facilities.
“Get vaxxed or get tested constantly” is good. “Get vaxxed or get fired” is even better.
It’s literally inconceivable that Politco could write a series of “Jay Inslee won the pandemic!” or “Where does Kate Brown go for her apology?” articles, even though their pandemic performance has been infinitely better than Ron DeSantis’s by any possible metric except “generate inexplicably fawning coverage from gullible reporters.”