Spokane Valley Rep’s bill would allow DOT to hire back workers who have had COVID

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SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash.–Citing common sense and safety, Spokane Valley Rep. Bob McCaslin introduced a bill in the legislature that would allow the Washington State Department of Transportation to hire back workers who have had COVID, but who left over the state vaccine mandate.

WSDOT said it lost nearly 6-percent of its workforce over the vaccine mandate.

House Bill 1963 would allow WSDOT “to either hire or rehire maintenance and preservation employees that have acquired immunities to COVID-19.”

“I think a man or woman sitting alone in their snow plow truck, who has already had COVID-19 poses little to no risk to anyone else in WSDOT or the general public,” McCaslin said. “We should allow these individuals to get back to the career’s [sic] they trained for and love.”

The bill has an emergency clause and would go into effect immediately if passed by the legislature and signed by the governor.

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee announced a COVID-19 vaccine mandate for state employees in August 2021. The deadline to get the shot or an exemption was Oct. 18.

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