Oregon Grants Religious Exemptions For COVID Jabs To 11% Of Workers Double The Rate Of Washington

Oregon has given religious exemptions to at least 4,281 out of 42K state workers 

  • State workers in Oregon and Washington had until Monday to get vaccinated

  • About 24,000 of Oregon's workers - not including teachers or healthcare workers - now have until November 30, after public unions worked out a deal 

  • Oregon has been served with at least eight lawsuits on the mandate 

  • In neighboring Washington, 6.8 percent of workers got a religious exemption

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    Oregon has granted religious exemptions from the COVID-19 vaccine to at least 11 percent of state workers, almost double the passes given to Washington state employees.

    The 43,000 state workers in Oregon had until Monday to be fully vaccinated, get a religious exemption or get fired, but public employee unions worked out a deal to give most of them until November 30. 

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    Gov. Kate Brown announced the vaccine mandate on August 10 as the state battled case and hospitalization records during the Delta variant surge.

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    Brown and the Oregon Health Authority have fought at least eight lawsuits on the mandate, with the state having the strictest COVID protocols in the US.  

    Brown announced the vaccine mandate on August 10 alongside a new statewide indoor mask mandate. On August 24, she issued an outdoor mask mandate that applies to public spaces where people congregate but cannot physically distance.

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    In August, Gov. Kate Brown gave all executive branch employees, including teachers, police officers and healthcare workers, until Monday to get fully vaccinated or get fired
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    Brown also imposed a statewide indoor mask mandate. Since then, 11 percent of state workers have obtained a religious exemption from the vaccine. Above, a bakery in Lake Oswego in May

    The lawsuits argued that the mandates violate workers' rights and that the governor doesn't have the power to institute them, but experts expect the next round to focus on how the mandates affect religious freedom.

    In neighboring Washington, just 6.8 percent of state employees had a religious exemptions as of Tuesday, according to the Seattle Times

    About 90 percent of state workers in Washington were vaccinated as of October 11, according to KIRO. The percentage of vaccinated public workers in Oregon is unclear.

    As of Monday, 4,281 Oregon state workers had been granted religious exemptions. The state approved an additional 463 exemptions since then, but it's not clear which are medical and which are religious. 

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    Source : https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10113693/amp/Oregon-grants-religious-exemptions-COVID-jabs-11-workers-double-rate-Washington.html

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    Oregon grants religious exemptions from COVID jabs to 11% of workers - double the rate of Washington

    Source:Daily Mail

    Oregon grants religious exemptions from COVID jabs to 11% of workers - double the rate of Washington