203 state workers on leave for failure to get COVID-19 vaccine – .

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203 state workers on leave for failure to get COVID-19 vaccine – .


Half of one percent of Oregon state government employees are on paid administrative leave for failing to get a COVID-19 vaccine or to obtain a religious or medical exemption to it. requirement, state officials said on Tuesday.

According to data provided by the state, the 203 Oregon employees who stay home after work are spread across 24 state agencies, including the Department of Agriculture, the state police and the Oregon Alcohol and Cannabis Commission.

Oregon for about a week has struggled to assess the direct impact of the vaccination mandate. Agency-by-agency figures released on Tuesday show the impact has been uneven.

A single agency, the Department of Corrections, accounts for over 40% of employees on leave. With around 4,500 people on the agency’s payroll, the nearly 90 workers on leave represent 2% of the workforce.

The department’s 13 prisons continue to operate “normally,” an agency spokesperson said in an email, with some staff being temporarily reassigned to fill the shortfall.

Of the 88 employees the agency said are on paid leave, 28 have shown they are fully immunized, spokeswoman Jennifer Black said.

“We’re working quickly to get them back to work,” Black said.

The next most affected agency is the Department of Transportation, with 26 employees on leave, followed by the Department of Social Services, with 14 people on leave. The agency leading Oregon’s response to the pandemic, the Oregon Health Authority, is now only short of two employees on leave for failing to get a COVID-19 vaccine or get approval for a COVID-19. medical or religious exemption.

Governor Kate Brown has required all executive employees to be fully immunized by October 18. the mandate. The others have until November 30, but must have received their first shot or requested an exception by October 18.

– Fedor Zarkhin

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