Columbia and WW County commissioners, health officials worry emergency response exodus
Officials are anticipating up to a twenty-percent reduction in staff
September 2, 2021
COLUMBIA, WALLA WALLA COUNTY—A letter shared online by Walla Walla County Commissioner Jenny Mayberry on Monday, August 30, expressed that local health officials are concerned about a potential employee and volunteer exodus over vaccine mandates.
On August 9, Governor Jay Inslee announced a mandate that required all healthcare providers to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by October 18, 2021, or be terminated from their position. The mandate includes all professional firefighters, volunteer firefighters, emergency medical responders, emergency medical technicians, and paramedics.