Auburn firefighters oppose mandatory vaccine requirement

The executive council of the local professional firefighters of the valley IAFF 1352 (IAFF 1352) issued a statement unanimously denouncing the new mandatory vaccination requirement. IAFF 1352 represents more than 100 emergency and fire service workers from the Valley Regional Fire Authority. VRFA serves Algona, Auburn and Pacific.

Oppose mandatory vaccines

“There are currently no other mandatory vaccines required as a condition of employment for our members.
While we encourage all of our members to get vaccinated, we strongly oppose the requirement for a medical examination.

procedure without consent ”, indicates the mandatory declaration on vaccines.

The Board of Directors made it clear why they opposed the mandatory vaccine requirement. “We will not stand idly by while the careers, livelihoods and personal choices of our members are threatened,” the statement said. “It is about defending the rights of our members to choose the medical procedures in which they will participate without coercion.”

As a union of EMS and fire service employees, VRFA does not get involved in IAFF 1352 affairs. VRFA chief Brad Thompson explained that the VRFA administrative team is working with the VRFA. IAFF 1352.

“Governor Inslee’s Proclamation 21-14 clearly states that all health care providers, as a condition of employment, must be immunized by October 18. VRFA firefighters are also paramedics, who are defined as health care providers and must follow the immunization requirements set out in the proclamation, ”said Thompson. “We recognize that this is a very difficult time and the VRFA administrative team is working in conjunction with IAFF L1352 as we navigate the effects of this requirement.”

Governor Inslee’s Mandatory Vaccine Requirement:

Governor Jay Inslee issued a proclamation of the COVID-19 vaccination requirement on August 9, with an update on August 21. This requirement requires that all state agency employees, healthcare workers, and education workers be fully immunized against COVID-19 by October 18, 2021 (read the full August 21 proclamation).

The part of the requirement specific to IAFF 1352 and VRFA reads as follows:

“Any health care provider not to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 after October 18, 2021; and

D. Any person or entity that operates a health care facility to authorize a health care provider to work for the person or entity as an employee, contractor or volunteer after October 18, 2021 if the health care provider health has not been fully vaccinated against COVID -19 and has provided proof of this to the natural or legal person. Providers who do not work in a healthcare facility must provide proof of vaccination to the operator of the facility in which the provider works, if applicable, or, upon request, to a legal authority. Legal authority includes, but is not limited to, law enforcement, local health jurisdictions, and the state health ministry. “

AIF Local 1352 represents more than 100 men and women who compassionately provide emergency and fire services to the communities of Auburn, Pacific and Algona, WA. The IAFF Local 1352 Board of Directors unanimously denounces the vaccine requirement that was announced for Washington state healthcare workers on August 9 through the “Proclamation”. 21-14 Vaccine Requirement ”by Governor Jay Inslee.

As a board of directors, we recognize that research shows generally positive results for those who have
been vaccinated. We also strongly encourage our members to consider getting vaccinated if they do not have
already done. We are proud to say that a majority of our members have already been voluntarily
vaccinated.

There are currently no other mandatory vaccines required as a condition of employment for our members.
While we encourage all of our members to get vaccinated, we strongly oppose the requirement for a medical examination.
procedure without consent. Members of Local 1352 have been on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic
since the first day. Our members have followed CDC, state and local health department guidelines to stay away
labor in case of fever or symptoms of the virus. In addition, members of Local 1352 followed the
employer quarantine and isolation requirements to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 in
community and other staff. Now our members who have worked tirelessly day in and day out for our
communities, may be subject to dismissal if they choose not to be vaccinated. They are the same members
who have entered the homes of our sick community since the start of the pandemic without hesitation, placing the life and health of the community as our top priority.

We have been and will continue to fully support the security measures that have been implemented for this
point. We have proven that we strongly support efforts to end this pandemic; However, we
firmly believe that our members should have the right to choose whether or not to consent to a medical examination
procedure. We will not stand idly by while the careers, livelihoods and personal choice of our members are threatened. It is about defending the rights of our members to choose the medical procedures in which they will participate without constraint.

We defend the right of our members to make their own medical decisions. We will continue to do the same
regarding compulsory vaccination against COVID-19. We believe the vaccination or firing is wrong, unethical and an insult to the men and women of this local. “

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