Seattle may lose more than 200 police officers over the city’s COVID-19 vaccination policy, according to a local talk radio host.
Over 200 officers, who represent roughly 20% of the police department, said they haven’t been vaccinated or refused to hand over their private health records, according to “The Jason Rantz Show” on the Seattle radio channel KTTH.
City workers, including police officers, risk losing their jobs if they do not receive the shot, according to the most recent vaccination mandate. Seattle now requires COVID-19 vaccination of all employees regardless of age, risk factor, or prior infection of COVID-19.
All staff must be fully vaccinated by Oct. 18, but religious and medical exemptions are offered.
“Chief [Adrian] Diaz continues to encourage employees to obtain full vaccinations, to protect themselves, their families and their community,” a Seattle Police Department spokesperson told The Daily Caller News Foundation. “Per the city’s mandate, [Seattle Police Department] personnel have until Oct. 18 to obtain full vaccination. We believe our officers will do the right thing.”
The Seattle Police Officer’s Guild has been negotiating with government officials over the mandate, according to Rantz. An agreement on terms could come this week or early next week.
“We could potentially have a lot of officers that could be terminated,” Mike Sloan, president of the Seattle Police Officer’s Guild, told Komo News.
“If you are advocating for more police officers because you know crime is on the rise, you need more cops because of what the City Council did. Why are you threatening us with our jobs [if] you don’t get this vaccination? It’s unbelievable to me, it doesn’t make sense.”
The mayor’s office did not immediately respond to The Daily Caller News Foundation’s request for comment.
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