More than 800 DC employees suspended and fired for failing to obtain vaccines – NBC4 Washington
Hundreds of DC government employees face suspension or dismissal for failing to get vaccinated against COVID-19.
According to the mayor’s office, more than 800 DC government employees are at various stages of disciplinary proceedings for not having been vaccinated. This number includes paramedics, teachers, DC Fire & EMS employees, and DC Department of Health employees.
Of these 800+ non-compliant workers:
- 470 received their first disciplinary notice
- 33, including five DC Health Department employees, were suspended or resigned
- None have been terminated yet
The 80,000 licensed health workers in the district, including doctors, nurses and paramedics, also need to be immunized.
So far, six members of DC Fire & EMS have had their medical licenses suspended.
No healthcare worker has lost their license yet.
As for requests for religious or medical exemptions from the vaccination mandate, the majority of them are still being processed.
So far, only one religious exemption has been granted and 249 have been refused. Nearly 2,800 requests for religious exemption are still pending.
As for medical exemptions, 32 have been granted, 184 have been refused and 1,410 are pending.
So far, no teacher has been suspended for non-vaccination and no government employee has been fired.