SPOKANE, Washington – Five firefighters in the city of Spokane with COVID vaccine exemption are returning to work.
New homes have been found for those five in the dispatch center and a sixth is possible, according to city spokesman Brian Coddington.
All firefighters were to be vaccinated by October 18 in accordance with the mandate for the vaccination of state employees. By that time, they had to be two weeks after the last dose or have filed an exemption and had it approved.
There were 52 firefighters who received exemptions; 50 of them were religious, while two were medical exemptions.
By the deadline, 20 firefighters left their posts. Four have retired or resigned, while 16 have been dismissed in good standing.
Coddington said the remaining 32 employees provided proof of vaccination before the deadline or exercised the option to take more time to provide proof.
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