***STATEMENT***Smiley Says Inslee’s Extreme Vaccine Mandate Will Cause More Harm Than Good

Updated: Sep 29

PASCO, WA - Veterans advocate and U.S. Senate candidate Tiffany Smiley (R-Pasco) today criticized Governor Jay Inslee’s decision to impose an extreme vaccination mandate on the state’s education and health care workers. Specifically, Smiley expressed concern about staffing shortages that will be caused by Inslee’s rejection of a COVID testing option for education and health care personnel who are unvaccinated - which would have been in line with other similar mandates. Tiffany Smiley said: “When it’s a priority to get our children back in school full time and provide quality health care to those in need, it defies logic to impose the nation’s strictest vaccination mandate. I’ve heard from school district officials and health care administrators from one end of the state to the other who are extremely concerned about their ability to continue operating with the staff shortages this mandate will cause.” Under Governor Inslee’s order, all state employees, K-12 and higher education staff and people working at private health care and long term care facilities must be fully vaccinated by October 18th as a condition of employment. This is the nation’s most far reaching and strictest mandatory vaccination requirement. “As a nurse, I understand the strain COVID has placed on our healthcare system and the additional pressure caused by the Delta variant. Now is not the time to be excluding doctors, nurses and other dedicated, compassionate health care professionals from helping people who need medical attention. This is a shortsighted policy that will put even more lives at risk,” Smiley continued. “It’s also wrong to prevent hardworking people who teach our children and care for the elderly from earning a living and supporting their families. By going further than any other state and rejecting a COVID testing alternative, the Governor’s order is going to cause more harm to Washingtonians that what it solves,” Smiley concluded. To learn more about Tiffany Smiley’s record of taking on an unresponsive Federal government and fighting for the care of our nation’s veteran heroes, click here to download her campaign media kit. ### PAID FOR BY SMILEY FOR WASHINGTON
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