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
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.ADVERTISEMENTi-amphtml-sizer">
Gov. Kate Brown announced the vaccine mandate on August 10 as the state battled case and hospitalization records during the Delta variant surge.template type="amp-mustache"">>/amp-minute-media-player">>
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.
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.
Source : https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10113693/amp/Oregon-grants-religious-exemptions-COVID-jabs-11-workers-double-rate-Washington.html516