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WSLC: Vaccinate all public-facing workers

Washington State Labor Council President Larry Brown issued the following statement today in response to directives from President Joe Biden and Gov. Jay Inslee to allow educators and childcare workers to be immediately eligible for COVID-19 vaccination:

“The Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO, which represents some 500,000 union members across the state, strongly believes that all of Washington’s essential workers who must work in congregate settings should be prioritized in the state’s vaccination distribution plan. Right now, there are many essential frontline workers who are putting themselves — and their families — in harm’s way every single day just by going to work.

The latest scientific evidence shows that vaccination not only keeps people from getting severely ill, it also slows the spread of the virus. The best way to protect the most people quickly is to increase vaccination rates in settings where people have no choice but to congregate together. And that means allowing all public-facing essential workers to get vaccinated as soon as possible.

Until there is enough vaccine for all essential workers, we understand that impossible choices are being made. No essential worker wants to displace older citizens and those who face the greatest risk of severe illness or death. But with the Biden Administration anticipating that 120 million more doses will be shipped to the states this month and with the recent approval of a third COVID-19 vaccine, it is our hope that ALL public-facing essential workers can get vaccinated as quickly as possible.”

This statement was provided by the Washington State Labor Council (WSLC)

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