The union representing the Valley Regional Fire Authority firefighters came out against the COVID-19 vaccine mandate that was issued by Gov. Jay Inslee.
Inslee issued the proclamation on Aug. 9. The mandate carries the full weight of the law and prohibits healthcare workers from working if they have not been vaccinated by Oct. 18, 2021.
The International Association of Fire Fighters Local 1352 union represents firefighters in Auburn, Pacific and Algona. On Aug. 21, Local 1352 issued a press release denouncing the mandates despite being in support of vaccinations. “The Executive Board of IAFF Local 1352 unanimously denounces the vaccine mandate that was announced for Washington State healthcare workers on August 9,” the release said.
The statement acknowledged the efficacy of the COVID-19 vaccines and encouraged unvaccinated members to get vaccinated.