Washington State House Democrats


Tuesday, Oct. 12

More than 90% of state employees vaccinated against COVID-19 in Washington
Nearly 92% of Washington state employees have proven they have received the COVID-19 vaccine, according to the latest data from the Office of Financial Management. The latest data reflects employee vaccination status as of Oct. 4. It shows a significant jump in the vaccination rate among state employees when compared to Sept. 6, when about 49% of state employees were vaccinated. More than 60,000 state employees are required to prove they’ve been vaccinated by Oct. 18 or they risk losing their jobs. Continue reading at KING 5.

The Spokane Veterans Homes sign outside their building.

Hit hard by COVID 5th wave, Washington veterans homes now brace for staffing shortages
As the October 18 deadline approaches for state workers to be fully vaccinated, Washington’s Department of Veterans Affairs (WDVA) is putting in place contingency plans for staffing its four veterans homes. The facilities, which are located in Port Orchard, Orting, Walla Walla and Spokane, serve about 400 veterans, spouses and widows of veterans and parents whose child died while serving in the military. Recently, WDVA sent more than 150 separation letters to staff who’ve not yet confirmed they’re fully vaccinated. That’s about 16 percent of the agency’s workforce. Continue reading at NWNews.

Steve Solomon of the Lummi Nation, left, presents Shelly Boyd and the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation with a gift of alliance between their Tribal Nations.

Washington Tribes celebrate Indigenous Peoples Day, highlight climate crisis
In celebration of Indigenous Peoples’ Day, communities across Washington state came together to honor Native peoples, their diverse histories and cultures on Monday, Oct. 11. Streamed live from the Lummi Nation Wex’liem Community Building near Bellingham, Children of the Setting Sun Productions hosted a virtual gathering via Zoom and Facebook. “We didn’t come here to gather in a politically correct way. We came here as one — to gather as salmon people, to gather as Indigenous people, to share who we are,” said Jay Julius, former chairman of the Lummi Nation and chief strategist for Children of the Setting Sun Productions. Continue reading at The Bellingham Herald. (Natasha Brennan)


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