More than 90% of Seattle Fire staff vaccinated against COVID-19 ahead of mandate deadline

The department said it is looking at alternative response models while it undergoes the transition period.

SEATTLE — It’s been months in the making but Oct 18 officially marks the start of Gov. Jay Inslee’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate for thousands of state workers.

Both King County and the City of Seattle adopted the mandate.

Workers who fall under the mandate have been told they will lose their jobs if they don’t get the shot or get approved for an exemption.

A spokesperson for the Seattle Fire Department (SFD) said the organization does expect to lose some members and firefighters over the vaccine

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