Washington state hospitals juggle COVID-19 vaccine mandate, providing care

As of Monday morning, there are still more than 1,000 COVID-19 patients in Washington state hospitals.

SEATTLE — With the COVID-19 vaccine mandate deadline‘s arrival Monday, Washington hospitals and their staff are juggling mandate compliance and patient care with an estimated 2-5% of health care staff leaving the industry altogether.

However, while the vaccine mandate is expected to force some hospitals to curtail or even close some services, health leaders say the pandemic’s impact since early last year is far greater than the anticipated blow from the mandate.

During a briefing Monday morning with the Washington State Hospital Association (WSHA), leaders from Seattle Children’s,

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