COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement (Proclamation 21-14.1) for health care providers, workers and settings
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General Proclamation Questions
What does Proclamation 21-14.1 do?
Proclamation 21-14.1, issued by Governor Inslee on August 20, 2021, made numerous changes to Proclamation 21-14, issued by Governor Inslee on August 9, 2021, but left the same core requirements in place. As before, the proclamation requires health care providers, defined broadly to include not only licensed health care providers but also all employees, contractors, and volunteers who work in a health care setting, to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by October 18, 2021. It also requires operators of health care settings to verify the vaccination status of:
- Every employee, volunteer, and contractor who works in the health care setting, whether or not they are licensed or providing health care services, and
- Every employee, volunteer, and contractor who provides health care services for the health care setting operator.
On what legal grounds can this be imposed?
In response to the emerging COVID-19 threat, Governor Inslee declared a state of emergency on February 29, 2020, using his broad emergency authority under chapter 43.06 RCW. More specifically, under RCW 43.06.220, after a state of emergency has been declared, the governor may prohibit any activity that they believe should be prohibited to help preserve and maintain life, health, property or the public peace. Under an emergency such as this, the governor’s paramount duty is to protect the health and safety of our communities. Read entire FAQ Sheet here...
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