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Local fire department staffs must follow state vaccine mandates

Decisions, decisions.

Perhaps none of late have been so scrutinized as whether to be vaccinated against COVID-19.

In some cases, as for the state’s health care workers and emergency responders, it is less a choice than a mandate in the attempt to curb spread of the deadly virus, which has claimed nearly 630,000 American lives in a year and a half, 300 times more than the number of U.S. military members lost in two decades fighting in Afghanistan.

This month has brought two major developments on the vaccine front.

On Aug. 9, Gov. Jay Inslee proclaimed all health care workers be fully vaccinated...


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