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Nearly 1,900 Washington state workers quit or are fired over COVID vaccine mandate

FILE – In this Jan. 13, 2021 file photo, a Washington State Patrol trooper stands near a bust of President George Washington in the Legislative Building at the Capitol in Olympia, Wash. The 2021 session of the Washington Legislature ended Sunday, April 25 and lawmakers had no shortage of weighty topics to consider while having to conduct their work amid a pandemic that meant most meetings and votes were conducted remotely. The Capitol building was also closed to the public since last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and was surrounded by security fencing and national guard members at times due to fears of protests. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File) WATW210

About 3% of the Washington state employees who were told to get vaccinated or lose their jobs picked being unemployed, according to various state agencies. Another 3% were granted accommodations that allowed them to work without being vaccinated.

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