98% of Seattle first responders vaccinated against COVID or filed exemption

Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan said the city is in “much better shape” than anticipated after the city’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate went into effect.

SEATTLE, Wash — Seattle’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate for city workers is now in effect. 

City employees, including police officers and firefighters, had until 11:59 p.m. Monday to be vaccinated against COVID-19 or file paperwork to be exempt from the order.

Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan’s office said Monday that 98% of the city’s first responders either filed vaccine verification or exemption forms.

As of 6:30 p.m. Monday, Seattle reported 99% of its total employees had been vaccinated or filed paperwork

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