Seattle first responders fired for vaccine noncompliance march on city hall to turn in their boots

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In a video posted on social media, dozens of people are seen climbing stairs with shoes in their hands.

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Seattle Police Department officers and firefighters who were fired for not complying with the city’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate, climbed the stairs of City Hall to change into their shoes.

Footage taken from Seattle City Hall and posted on social media shows dozens of people stepping out with shoes in hand, preparing to let them go after not complying with the city’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate. Huh.

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The scene comes after a city deadline for first responders to receive the vaccine ended at midnight on tuesdayAfter failing to comply, many in the department were left without jobs.

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But Seattle officials struck an optimistic tone despite the loss of dozens of first responders, saying that public safety would remain a top priority in the city, while arguing that vaccination rates were too high in both departments.

“If someone calls 911, there won’t be a significant impact on the response,” said Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan.

The city said that as of Monday, 91% of the police force had been vaccinated, while about 93% of firefighters had received the jab. The mayor said about two dozen employees have yet to submit paperwork to either declare their intention to vaccinate or request an exemption from the rule.

“We are in a much better position than we thought we were because so many people have done what we told them to do,” Durkan said.

But Seattle has already faced the issue of dwindling numbers in its police force, which has led some to question the prudence of sending officers packing because of the mandate.

“Unfortunately, this mandate will remove more than 100 officers, and it is unacceptable,” said Mike Solan of the Seattle Police Officers Guild.

The Guild argued that emergency response times would suffer because of a sudden shortage of officers, saying the number of employees who would be fired is larger than the official city numbers.

Seattle Fire Department Chief Harold Scoggins said that although it would hurt the department to lose good staff, he was confident that his firefighters would still be able to meet the needs of residents.

“We may lose some people, but we believe we’re going to have to pull out a unit to respond,” Scoggins said.


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