District of Columbia suspends 7 fire, EMS workers over vaccine mandate, moves to job 'termination'

Each of the seven refused to get the shots and made no exemption request

Updated: November 17, 2021 - 10:35am

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The District of Columbia has suspended the health care licenses for seven municipal fire and emergency medical services workers, following the city's mandate that they be vaccinated for COVID-19 to continue working. 

The deadline for the mandate by Mayor Muriel Bowser, a Democrat, was roughly seven weeks ago, according to WTOP News.

The city will now move to put those suspended on unpaid leave pending termination, says City Administrator Kevin Donahue, the radio news outlet also reported Wednesday. 

He also said each of the seven refused to get the shots and made no exemption request.

The information about those suspended was included in a larger announcement by city officials about first responders and the mandate.

They also said roughly 2,287 requests for vaccine exemptions have been submitted from the city’s health care workers and that 84% of D.C. schools staff is partially or fully vaccinated, with 390 pending exemptions.

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