Snoqualmie Valley Vaccination Statistics: City, School, Fire & Police

Two weeks after the Vaccine Mandate deadline of October 18th adopted by the City of Snoqualmie for employees, more than 90 percent of City staff have been fully vaccinated for COVID-19. Eight employees, or 7 percent of the workforce, have separated due to not complying with the mandate.

Four of these employees worked in the Public Works Division (represented by the Teamsters union), and three employees were police officers (represented by the Snoqualmie Police Association). One employee was a member of management and professional staff. 

The city received 19 exemptions for evaluation, of which three were accommodated, making up 3 percent of the workforce.

  • 15 religious accommodations were submitted; none were accommodated.
  • 4 medical accommodations were submitted; of those, one employee chose to be vaccinated. The remaining three were accommodated.

The accommodated staff will have either no contact or very limited contact with the public and other requirements to provide a safe working environment. All three accommodations are limited to a short period before vaccination is required.

Only the International Association of Firefighters ratified an agreement with the city of the three unions (Fire, Police, and Teamsters). The Fire Department is fully vaccinated.

 As the city recruits employees to fill vacancies, contingency plans for the different departments will ensure that service levels are retained. Proof of vaccination will be required for all future employees.

 “Our vaccination rate for City employees mirrors the community we serve,” said Mayor Matt Larson, “providing a safe working environment for employees along with the public they interact with.” As of November 3rd, data from King County-Public Health shows 92.2 percent of residents in 98065 have had at least one vaccine dose, while 87.2 percent of residents have completed the vaccine series.

A spokesperson for the city of North Bend says their city staff (approximately 50 employees) is 89% vaccinated, with 11% asking for exemptions. They had no separations.

Eastside Fire & Rescue spokesperson Catherine Breault said six employees separated from the department; seven are on accommodated leaves of absence from the department, and three were moved to positions that do not require public interaction or interaction in a healthcare setting. No word on if Station 87 lost any employees.

The Snoqualmie Valley School District reported as of October 4th that 92.1% of Snoqualmie Valley’s 883 regular school staff verified they would be fully vaccinated by October 18th, and 7.9% received medical or religious exemptions.

[Information provided by the cities of Snoqualmie and North Bend, Eastside Fire & Rescue and the Snoqualmie Valley School District]

Comments

  1. Well this proves one thing and that is that the City of Snoqualmie discriminates against people of faith. I would encourage all of those whose employment was terminated to sue for unlawful termination. 19 religious exemptions and none approved? What a sham. A religious exemption under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 is something claimed not something applied for. Shame on you City of Snoqualmie for your unlawful behavior. Push back folks against tyrannical government.

    • Snoq. Res. says

      It could also mean 19 people attempted to exploit and cheapen a faith’s genuine religious beliefs so they could get out of getting vaccinated. Push back folks against blind political allegiance.

  2. Chris Anderson says

    I belong to The Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster and am an ordained Pastafarian minister. I had no trouble receiving an exemption- an exemption from having to work with the unvaxxed…
    We have strict doctrines about being around idiots.

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