OLYMPIA, WA — Firefighters with the Washington State Department of Natural Resources are the latest group required to be vaccinated against COVID-19.
Commissioner of Public Lands Hilary Franz, who helms the DNR, announced Monday that DNR firefighters, and all other DNR employees, would have until Oct. 18 to be fully vaccinated. At the same time, Franz is calling on national leaders to order the same mandate for all federal wildland firefighters.
In an open letter to Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland and Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack, Franz argues that a universal vaccine mandate will be necessary to continue the battle against the wildfires raging across the west coast.
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